BUFFALO — Adam Weir entered Saturday afternoon's rivalry showdown with St. Joe's at 996 points for his career, and after eight minutes of play he wasn't a single point closer.
However, it didn't take long in the second for him to get on track, going over the 1,000-point plateau mid-way through the second quarter. He scored eight of his team-high 22 points in the second, leading the Crusaders to a 77-65 win in front of a sold out Koessler Athletic Center at Canisius College.
After the game, Weir, from Tonawanda, could barely find the words to describe his feelings.
"It was awesome," he said. "To have all these coaches, my parents and all my family there to support me is just great stuff."
The Marauders (11-2, 2-1 MMAA) jumped out to a 13-8 advantage after the first quarter, and St. Joe's coach Mark Simon said his players were prepared to play and were comfortable because of their familiarity with the Crusaders (8-4, 3-0 MMAA) and what they run.
In the second quarter, Weir and company started to push the pace. Jamel Mosley recorded three blocks in under a minute at one point in the frame and Canisius looked to run at every opportunity. The easy baskets that St. Joe's was getting inside in the first quarter Canisius started to convert in the second.
Then disaster struck the Marauders.
The St. Joe's starting backcourt — guards Jaylen Morris and Jordan Glover — collided while tracking down a loose ball with just under four minutes to play in the second. They both had to leave the game and were unable to return.
Simon said that both players will be tested to see if either suffered a concussion and said the decision on whether to put them back in the game was made with their physical health in mind.