BUFFALO, NY – Chris Brady (Greenlawn, NY/Harborfields) posted his third career double-double and netted a career-high 22 points as Monmouth took over first place in the MAAC with a 76-72 win at Canisius on Monday night. MU never trailed, and led for the final 38:25 of the game.
It took the Hawks less than two minutes in the second half to extend the lead all the way to 14, and eventually held an edge of 15 on a behind-the-back feed on the break from Pierre Sarr (Dakar, Senegal/Roselle Catholic) to Mustapha Traore (Philadelphia, PA/The Phelps School), but the Griffs got it within two at 2:07 on an Isaiah Reese runner. With the lead at three, Justin Robinson (Lake Katrine, NY/Kingston) worked the shot clock, drove and scored at 1:09 to make it a five-point lead. Phil Valenti made two free throws and with 13 seconds left, Valenti missed a tying three-point attempt from the corner and Robinson made one of two to wrap up the win.
Monmouth jumped to a six-point lead at the first media timeout on two Brady dunks. The edge widened to as many as nine on two Austin Tilghman (Wilmington, DE/Archbishop Carroll) foul shots at 7:48, but Phil Valenti’s layup cut it back to two at 2:36. The Hawks ended the half on a 6-0 push with three different scorers contributing to take a 40-32 halftime lead.
NOTES AND QUOTES “I knew it was going to be a tough game, I was hopeful that we could make them guard us for a while because I thought that’s how we could get into their legs a little bit.” –head coach King Rice “We lost this game last year and my freshman year and we’ve gotten two sweeps so it’s definitely a testament to growth and maturity and keeping your head level the entire game.” –senior Justin Robinson “It’s a grind it out, want-it game up here and we were able to get all together and get the win.” –senior Chris Brady -Monmouth is the first MAAC team to six wins. -MU has won four games in a row and 13 of 16. -The Hawks sweep the trip to Western New York for the second time ever. -MU has now taken both games from Canisius this season. -Brady topped career highs in points with 22 and field goals made with 11, posting his second double-double of the year and third of his career. -Micah Seaborn scored 10 points to get into double digits for the eighth game in a row. -The lineup of Robinson, Seaborn, James, Hornbeak and Brady started for the second time in a row and 11th time this season. -Brady was the first Hawk into double figures, netting his first six field goals to end the opening half with 12 points on 6-6. -Brady finishes the weekend trip with 30 points, 18 rebounds and nine blocks. -Robinson completes the weekend trip with 42 points and 19 assists. NUMBERSCRUNCH -Brady started 11-for-11 from the floor with four dunks. -MU outran Canisius 12-2 on the break. -Robinson added eight assists compared to just three turnovers. -Monmouth outrebounded Canisius 46-33. -MU held Canisius to 38.5% shooting and 33.3% from downtown in the first half. -Phil Valenti totaled a double-double for Canisius. UP NEXT -Monmouth is back at the OceanFirst Bank Center to open a three-game home stand on Friday night on ESPN3 vs. Manhattan.