Manhattan Blows Past Canisius for First MAAC Win

Jesse Kramer@Jesse_KramerCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2009

Manhattan ended their Western New York trip with a win against Canisius on Sunday Afternoon.

Led by Rico Pickett, Manhattan (5-3, 1-1) got hold of an early lead and never looked back. Within the first three minutes the Jaspers were up 8-2. 

Manhattan struggled to build on their 20-10 lead in the first half. They have struggled all year to build on leads early in the game. Pickett scored the final eight points of the half for the Jaspers, who went into halftime with a nine point lead, the score being 32-23.

The Jaspers defense was strong in the first half. Canisius (4-3, 1-1) only hit 28.6 percent of their shots while Manhattan forced 12 turnovers. Manhattan would finish the game with 22 points off of Canisius turnovers.

Manhattan jumped out of the gates in the second half with a 16-6 run led by Darryl Crawford. They led by double digits for the rest of the game.

Manhattan would go up 19 on a three-pointer by Rico Pickett. Pickett led the Jaspers in scoring with 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field.

Manhattan finally got their big men scoring in this contest. Andrew Gabriel had 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. Brandon Adams added six points on 3-of-4 shooting and five rebounds of his own before fouling out. Manhattan scored 42 points in the paint.

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Nick Walsh got off to a hot start scoring five of the eight points in the game. However, he would finish with only five points. He added three steals, two rebounds, and two assists.

Antoine Pearson only played ten minutes in today's game. His limited playing time could have been due to foul trouble or an injury suffered early in the game. Pearson had seven points and four rebounds.

Darryl Crawford had 19 points, six rebounds, and five assists off the bench. Crawford had an outstanding second half and helped the Jaspers gain a commanding lead.

For Canisius, Frank Turner had 13 points, six assists, and four rebounds; Julius Coles had 15 points and seven rebounds; Tomas Vazquez-Simmons had 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Canisius' next game is against Bowling Green on Saturday Dec. 12

Manhattan's next game is on the road, Wednesday Dec. 9 at Hofstra.


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