Monday, March 17, 2014

Canisius Men To Host VMI Tuesday in CIT Event

Here's one in the series looking at national post-season opportunities for MAAC teams.

CANISIUS

The Golden Griffins will host VMI in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) on Tuesday at the Koessler Athletic Center.

It's the second consecutive year Canisius will host a national post-season event. It also played in the CIT's first round and quarterfinal round games at home last march. This will be the first time in the program's 110-year history the school is hosting postseason games in back-to-back seasons.

But if you think Canisius has a short history of postseason play ... this is VMI's first national post-season event in 37 years.

The Keydets of the Big South Conference are 19-12 and have three players averaging more than 18 points per game while scoring a national-best 87.7 points per contest.

The team's leading scorer is 6-foot-0 freshman guard QJ Peterson (19.4 ppg.).

Senior forward D.J. Covington averages 18.7 points and a team-high 9.4 rebounds and was named the Big South's Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-foot-9 Covington averages 9.4 rebounds and has 96 total blocks thus far (3.1 per game), 10th-best nationally.

Another senior, guard Rodney Glasgow averages 18.4 points and 5.6 points per contest.

Canisius is 21-12 thus far, the victory total the most for the program since the 1994-95 season and one victory away from matching the school's all-time single-season best of 22 (1956-57 and 1992-93).

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