Tonawanda News — Canisius started the second half on a 7-2 run, opening up a 20-point lead on a pair of free throws from senior forward Chris Manhertz with 17:28 left.
Some hot shooting form beyond the arc helped NU make a game of it midway through the second. Jordan hit a 3-pointer, followed by Myers fouling Baron on the way up the court. The two had words for each other and had to be separated before Baron hit a pair of free throws. Jordan answered with another trey.
Myers face guarded Baron tight off the ball on the way back up the floor and was called for a technical foul, which Baron said was for trash talking. Casey said he wasn’t sure what the call was.
“It was just two guys playing hard,” Casey said. “Wes is very competitive.”
Baron hit both free throws but again was answered by a 3-pointer, this time from Antoine Mason. Jordan came up with a steal on the next possession and dropped the ball off to a trailing Mason, who cut the score to 66-55 with a one-handed slam.
“We started getting stops on defense,” Mason said about the comeback. “We can always score, it just comes down to defense.”
Baron answered with a running jumper, but Niagara kept pace thanks to Snowden, who got a pair of offensive rebounds before finishing. Heath missed a 3 and Mason drained another to cut the lead to eight with 8:26.
That’s as close as Niagara would get. Canisius senior Chris Perez hit a driving layup and a jumper and Baron hit a deep 3-pointer to push the lead to 75-60 with 6:24 left.
Baron finished with a game-high 31 points despite missing time in the second after busting open his head during a collision with Mason right after the break. He needed six stitches but returned to huge cheers from the Canisius student section.