BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jermaine Crumpton led Canisius to a 73-60 victory over the visiting Dartmouth Big Green with a game-high 24 points on Saturday afternoon at the Koessler Athletic Center. The Golden Griffins (4-4) shot 57.1 percent for the game and overcame shooting woes at the foul line during the last 80 seconds to keep Dartmouth (2-3) at bay.
Senior Taylor Johnson produced 13 points to lead the Big Green, while freshman Chris Knight — who entered the game leading the NCAA in field goal percentage — added 12 off the bench on 5-of-11 shooting, including a trio of dunks. But after hitting seven 3-pointers in the opening stanza, Dartmouth’s sights were off after halftime, hitting just 1-of-10 over the final 20 minutes.
Crumpton did not miss much, going 9-of-13 from the floor with three from distance, and added 3-of-4 at the charity stripe. Joining him in double figures were Malik Johnson and Takal Molson with a dozen apiece. Canisius assisted on 19 of its 28 field goals and won the battle on the boards as well, 32-26, with Isaiah Reese hauling in a game-high eight rebounds.
Both teams came out firing to start the game as the Big Green hit their first four 3-point attempts during the opening 4:15 of the game, while Canisius hit everything inside the arc in that span leaving Dartmouth with an early 14-7 lead. The Golden Griffins started to find the range from the perimeter as Johnson and Crumpton hit back-to-back triples sandwiched between layups for a 10-point run to take a 17-14 lead.
Canisius would end up shooting 66.7 percent (16-of-24) from the floor in the opening stanza, yet Dartmouth was able to stay close throughout the half thanks to knocking down 7-of-11 3-pointers. The last three long balls came courtesy of senior Miles Wright, the first of which tied the game at 17. His third bomb brought the Green back within two, and sophomore Will Emery followed with a left-handed layup off a feed from Knight to knot the score at 32 with 90 seconds before the intermission.
That would be the last tie of the game with Johnson and Crumpton draining trifectas before the horn to give the Golden Griffins a 38-32 edge going into the locker room.
When Crumpton started the second half with his third long ball, Dartmouth was suddenly trailing by nine. The two teams traded buckets over the next four minutes, but when Johnson failed to finish off a three-point play, Selvedin Planincic grabbed the offensive board and scored for Canisius’ first double-digit lead of the game at 49-38.
After the lead grew to 12 shortly thereafter, the Big Green strung together six straight points on a 3-pointer by freshman Aaryn Rai, a Knight free throw followed by a steal and breakaway dunk to close the gap to six, 51-45, with 12:29 to play. But the next nine points went to the Golden Griffins, capped by Molson with a trey and a dunk for a 15-point bulge.
Emery ended the five-and-a-half minute scoring drought with a dunk, and Dartmouth was able to get back within eight points with 1:26 to play after Johnson sank a pair of foul shots. But Canisius, which had converted just 1-of-8 free throws over the first 38 minutes, hit all eight to end the game and seal its victory.
For the game, Dartmouth shot 42.9 percent (21-of-49) overall and 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from the perimeter to go with 62.5 percent (10-of-16) at the line. Both Knight and Rai led the Green with five rebounds each, while sophomore Brendan Barry dished out four assists but was held to single digits in the scoring column for the first time this year with seven points.
Dartmouth will play at Sacred Heart on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. in a game that will be streamed free of charge on NEC Front Row.