Quinnipiac upsets Canisius in Albany


Jermaine Crumpton, who was named a Co-Player of the Year by the MAAC on Friday, had 22 points and 11 rebounds in the Griffs’ loss to Quinnipiac. (Marshall Haim/The Griffin)

By Nolan Hopkins

Assistant Sports Editor

ALBANY, N.Y. — The men’s basketball team was defeated by the No. 7 seeded Quinnipiac Bobcats in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament Friday in Albany, N.Y., 72-69.

Canisius, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, had two opportunities to tie the game up with the clock winding down. Freshman guard Takal Molson’s three-pointer hit off the back of the iron and sophomore guard Malik Johnson’s heave at the buzzer missed the rim altogether.

Senior forward Jermaine Crumpton, who was named the MAAC Co-Player of the Year along with Niagara’s Kahlil Dukes on Friday, finished with a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds. It was Crumpton’s 28th consecutive game with at least 10 points.

Crumpton became the fourth Canisius player to earn Player of the Year honors, the first since Billy Baron in 2013-14. The Niagara Falls native also joined Craig Wise (1995) and Darrell Barley (1996) to earn the top accolade from the conference.

It is the first time in the 37-year history of the MAAC that there have been Co-Players of the Year.

Sophomore guard Isaiah Reese added in 13 points of his own in the loss. Johnson also chipped in nine points and seven assists.

The Blue and Gold shot 44 percent from the field in the game, shooting at a 25 percent clip from beyond the three-point line. The team finished the game shooting 14-of-24 from the free-throw line (58 percent).

Canisius led by as many as 10 points when they held a 52-42 advantage with under 10 minutes to play. They were down by as many as six points when the Bobcats held a 68-62 lead in the final two minutes.

With 10 seconds remaining — and Canisius trailing by one, 70-69 — Quinnipiac’s Rich Kelly drove to the basket and converted on a layup that pushed the Bobcats’ lead to three. On the ensuing possession, Molson and Johnson were not able to connect on their shots, and the Griffs’ 21-win campaign came to an abrupt close.

“Hard fought game. Quinnipiac deserved to win, we did not,” head coach Reggie Witherspoon said. “Give them credit, they played well.”

This was the third time the Griffs played against the Bobcats this year. Canisius won both regular season contests.

The loss eliminated Canisius from the MAAC Tournament.


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