CANMORE, Alta. — It’s one thing to notch your first win of the year in your home opener. It’s another to do something that nobody else has done in program history in the same game.
That’s the scenario that played out for Isaiah Reese during the home opener for the Canisius Golden Griffins on Saturday.
Canisius came into the week on the heels of a loss in their season opener. They had one game on the road to open the week, and then closed the game with their home opener on Saturday against the Youngstown State Penguins. Reese put his name in the history books for the Golden Griffins, while also leading the team to their first win of the season.
For the first time in the 114-year history of men’s basketball at Canisius College, a triple-double was recorded.
For his efforts over the past week, a stretch that saw the Golden Griffins earn a split with a historic performance, Golden Griffins’ sophomore Isaiah Reese has been selected as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for November 13-19, 2017!
Reese received a commanding 86% of the fan vote in our weekly Twitter poll. He beat out Tre’Shaun Fletcher (Toledo), Chima Moneke (UC Davis), and Jahad Thomas (UMass-Lowell) for the weekly honour.
After a five-point loss to the Buffalo Bulls in a rivalry game to open the season, Reese and the Golden Griffins were looking to notch their first win of the season this past week.
Up first, they were on the road to take on the Air Force Falcons as a part of the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase. Over the first two weeks of the season, the Falcons play host to the four teams who will take part in the event in Stockton, CA from November 24-26.
Air Force used a balanced scoring attack to hold off the Golden Griffins, 93-79. They pushed their own record to 2-0, while sending Canisius to their second straight loss to open the year. Despite coming up short, Reese went for 14 points, four rebounds, and four assists.
For the second game in a row, Reese went 5-for-11 (45.5%) from the field. He was also 4-for-7 (57.1%) from three point range in the loss.
Following their loss on Tuesday, the Golden Griffins were back inside the friendly confines of the Koessler Athletic Center on Saturday for their home opener. The Penguins were playing their first game away from home, and were looking to keep the Golden Griffins winless for at least one more game.
However, the home fans were treated to quite the performance from Canisius. Not only did they put up 104 points in a 20-point win over the Penguins, they got to see one of the best performances in Canisius basketball history.
For the first time in the program’s 114-year history, a triple-double was recorded. Reese went for 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists in the win. He also recorded three steals for an all-round strong performance.
Reese also shot 50% (8-of-16) from the floor, and 50% (4-of-8) from three point range in the win.
Over the two games, Reese averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, and 2.0 steals per game, while shooting a combined 13-for-27 (48.1%) from the floor. Canisius sits at 1-2 on the young season.
I’ve said it many times over the summer: Canisius has the best group of young guards in the MAAC. With Reese, Spencer Foley, and Malik Johnson all just in their sophomore seasons, the Golden Griffins are a team that is on the rise in the conference, and could very well win a conference title before their careers are done in the NCAA.
Reese takes high quality shots and makes the most of his opportunities. He isn’t a volume shooter, but rather looks for high percentage shots. Reese has the size to battle inside for rebounds, and the passing ability to find teammates for better looks at the basket.
He was also named the MAAC Player of the Week after his strong showing this past week.
With his historic performance fresh in the minds of fans, Canisius guard Isaiah Reese was selected as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for November 13-19, 2017!
– T. Bennett
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**College Court Report Player of the Week recipients are selected from teams in the following conferences:
America East, Atlantic Sun, Atlantic 10, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Conference USA, Horizon League, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot League, Southern, Southland, Summit League, SWAC, Sun Belt, West Coast, and WAC