Canisius Golden Griffins men's basketball
The Canisius Golden Griffins men's basketball team, or the Griffs, represent Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, United States. Canisius is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and play their home games at Koessler Center. The head coach is Reggie Witherspoon.
|Canisius Golden Griffins|
|All-time record||1306–1266 (.508)|
|Head coach||Reggie Witherspoon (3rd season)|
|Location||Buffalo, New York|
|Arena||Koessler Center |
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1955, 1956, 1957|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1955, 1956, 1957, 1996|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|Little Three: 1947, 1950, 1952, 1956, 1957 |
America East: 1985
MAAC: 1994, 1996, 2018
- For information on all Canisius College sports, see Canisius Golden Griffins
Golden Griffins in the ABA/NBAEdit
- Andrew Anderson, drafted by the Boston Celtics (1967)
- Leroy Chollet, played for the Syracuse Nationals (1949–51)
- Larry Fogle, played for the New York Knicks (1975–76)
- Herm Hedderick, played for the New York Knicks (1955–56)
- Charles Jordan, played for Indiana Pacers (1975–76)
- Mike Macaluso, played for Buffalo Braves (1973–74)
- Anthony Masiello, drafted by the Indiana Pacers (1969). Masiello instead made his name in politics, where he served three terms as mayor of Buffalo (1993–2005).
- Bob MacKinnon, played for Syracuse Nationals (1949–50)
- Al Masino, played for four teams (1952–54)
- Johnny McCarthy, played for the 1963–64 NBA Champion Boston Celtics; first of just three players in NBA history to record a triple-double in their playoff debut with the other two being LeBron James and Magic Johnson.
- John Morrison, played for Denver Rockets (1967–68)
- Mike Smrek ’85, played for the 1986–87 and 1987–88 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers
- Mel Thurston played for the Tri-City Blackhawks 1940-1942
NCAA Tournament resultsEdit
The Griffins have appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 6–4.
|W 79–78 4OT|
Regional 3rd Place Game
|1996||First Round||Utah||L 43–72|
The Griffins have appeared in five National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Their combined record is 5–6.
|1944||Quarterfinals||Oklahoma A&M||L 43–29|
|1985||First Round||Nebraska||L 66–79|
|1994||First Round||Villanova||L 79–103|
3rd Place Game
The Griffins have appeared in four CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournaments (CIT). Their combined record is 4–4.
W 84–82 OT
|2014||First Round||VMI||L 100–111|
|2017||First Round||Samford||L 74–78|
The Griffins have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational. Their record is 0–1.
|2018||First Round||Jacksonville State||L 78–80OT|