BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Takal Molson had 18 points, Canisius shot 64 percent in the second half, and the Golden Griffins defeated Monmouth 80-66 on Thursday night.
The Golden Griffins' hot shooting -- they also made 7-of-11 3-pointers after halftime -- was in sharp contrast to Monmouth, which shot 37 percent in the second half and 2-for-8 from distance.
After the score was tied at 32 at halftime, Canisius opened with an 18-7 run to take an 11-point lead early in the second half. The outburst included four 3-pointers, one each from Molson and Isaiah Reese and two by Scott Hitchon. Monmouth briefly cut the Golden Griffins' lead to nine but Canisius responded and led by double-digits for the last 14 minutes of the game.
Jonathan Sanks scored 14 points with five rebounds for the Golden Griffins (8-11, 5-2 MAAC) and Reese and Hitchon scored 11 apiece. Molson added five rebounds and four assists.
Canisius distributed the ball well, with 21 assists on 29 baskets. Reese led the way with seven assists, although he had five turnovers. Monmouth had only 8 assists on 21 makes.
Canisius led through much of the early going before an 11-4 run by Monmouth gave the Hawks a 30-24 lead near the five-minute mark of the first half. The Golden Griffins rallied and the score was tied at 32 at halftime.
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