*CANISIUS) Four Canisius scorers posted double figures, led by junior forward Greg Logins and his season-high 20, as the Golden Griffins defeated Iona 77-65 Monday night in the Koessler Athletic Center. The win improves Canisius to 7-8 overall and 2-2 in league play, while the Gaels slipped to 9-6 on the year and 1-3 in conference action.
Canisius, which was without second-leading scorer Julius Coles because of an illness, shot a blistering 48.8 percent from the field and a season-best 47.8 percent from behind the arc in the victory and ended the night with a 38-26 advantage on the boards. Logins scored his 20 points after he went 7-for-12 from the field, 2-for-6 from 3-point range and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe, while senior Frank Turner chipped in 18 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals in his 100th career start as a Griff. Turner’s seven assists were a game-high and also allowed him to move past former Griff Brian Dux for second on the school’s career assist list.
Senior Bob Bevilacqua scored a season-high 12 points off the bench for the Griffs in the victory, while junior Elton Frazier added 11 points and eight rebounds. Tomas Vazquez-Simmons pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for Canisius, which saw eight of nine players score at least one point.
Iona took an early 14-7 lead 4:52 into the contest, but the Griffs took control of the game with a 21-2 run over 8:28 midway through the first half, with Logins scoring nine of those 21 points. Bevilacqua got the run rolling with a pair of free throws and Logins followed moments later with a 3-pointer from the right wing. Sophomore Rokas Gricius knotted the game at 14-14 with 12:32 left in the first half with his first career points as a Griff.
A Logins lay-up with 10:41 left before the break gave Canisius the lead for good at 16-14, and a 3-point field goal from Gricius 31 seconds later gave the Griffs’ a five-point cushion at 19-14. Canisius took a 10-point lead into the locker room at the half after the Blue and Gold shot 52 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc in the game’s first 20 minutes.
“I thought we were able to keep separation in the second half because guys really buckled down and made plays when they had to,” Canisius head coach Tom Parrotta said. “We never stopped being aggressive offensively and I’m proud of our guys that we were able to be strong on the glass in the rebounding department and we made our free throws down the stretch.”
Canisius led by as many as 16 in the second half, but Iona was able to cut into the Griffs’ margin to make the score 53-46 with 10:24 left on the clock. From there, the Griffs scored four-straight points with a pair of free throws by Frazier and Turner to make the score 57-46 with 9:09 left to play. In the game’s final nine minutes, Canisius went a combined 12-for-16 from the line to seal the victory.
For Iona, sophomore Scott Machado scored a team-high 17 points, while teammates Kyle Smyth and Jermel Jenkins added 14 and 13 points, respectively. The Gaels were credited with 11 steals on the night while turning the ball over just nine times, but the team ended the game shooting 23.3 percent from long range, hitting on seven of 30 tries from behind the 3-point line.
The Griffs will return to action Saturday, Jan. 9, when the team starts a four-game MAAC road swing at Marist. Tipoff in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is set for 7:30 p.m.