BUFFALO, N.Y. — It’s not how you start, but how you finish.
For the Canisius Golden Griffins, that was the case on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Griffins were able to overcome a slow start in the first half, and they pulled away in the second frame for a 94-79 win over the Monmouth Hawks to improve to 5-1 in MAAC play.
With the brief exception of a pair of two-point leads in the first four-plus minutes, Canisius trailed for the majority of the first half. Monmouth used a 13-0 run to push their lead to double-figures, and they would lead by as many as 13 points in the first half, which they did on two occasions.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — All eyes will be on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on Sunday.
Sunday afternoon kicks off with a pair of 4-1 teams squaring off, as the Rider Broncs take on the Iona Gaels in a match-up of two teams tied atop the conference standings. The team that wins will have a leg up on the other, and it could go a long way in determining the eventual regular season champion.
Then, in Buffalo, the Canisius Golden Griffins welcome the Monmouth Hawks to town in another intriguing match-up. Canisius is the third team sitting at 4-1 in MAAC play, while the Hawks find themselves in unfamiliar territory this season after a strong previous two seasons.
Canisius will look to keep pace with both Iona and Rider atop the conference standings, as a win would keep them in a two-way tie for top spot. Monmouth will be looking to get back on the right track, so you can bet that they’ll throw everything they have at the Golden Griffins on their home floor.
CALGARY, Alta. — Entering the 2017-18 season, the MAAC will be without several familiar faces from a year ago.
Several of the conference’s biggest stars from 2016-17 have moved on to the next chapter in their respective basketball careers, leaving massive shoes to fill in the process. The Siena Saints have arguably lost the most, with Brett Bisping, Marquis Wright, Lavon Long, and Javion Ogunyemi having graduated.
Not to be outdone, the Monmouth Hawks will be without the reigning MAAC Player of the Year, in Justin Robinson, who will be anxiously waiting to see if his name is called in the 2017 NBA Draft on June 22nd.
In 2017-18, seemingly every team has an opportunity for a player or two to step up and seize a starring role with their respective program. Minutes are there for the taking, and coaches are looking for someone to step up and lead their team.
Here are ten players to keep an eye on in the MAAC for the upcoming season.
CALGARY, Alta. — We would like to apologize to the rest of the MAAC once again for igniting a fire under Justin Robinson before the season began.
In the off-season, we ranked the senior as the 62nd-best player in the country. On social media, Robinson, his teammates, and fans expressed their dislike around the ranking, and it’s tough to blame them.
This season, the 5’8” guard has once again led the Monmouth Hawks to a regular season MAAC title, and has them in a prime spot to make it to the NCAA Tournament. After being snubbed last season, the Hawks have been on a tear in 2016-17.
Monmouth continued rolling this past week, posting two wins and extending their winning streak to 13 games and clinching the regular season conference title in the process.
Robinson was at the forefront of the Hawks’ two wins this week, posting his first 40-point game of the season on Monday to boot.
The first Monday of 2017 was an exciting one to say the least. It also left us scratching our heads, asking more questions about preseason conference favourites.
Monday’s slate was made up entirely of mid-major programs, with the majority of games being conference match-ups as the battle for conference supremacy is officially under way.
While no power conference teams were in action, there will still several marquee programs in action. The Monmouth Hawks, Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, and the Little Rock Trojans, who all had stellar seasons a year ago, were all in action on Monday.
All three teams suffered defeats.
Following the slate of games on Monday, we were left with more questions than answers when looking at certain programs, and conferences, as the 2016-17 moves along.