Canisius Golden Griffins men's basketball
|Canisius Golden Griffins|
|All-time record||1301–1263 (.507)|
|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
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. Coach Jim Baron retired on May 20, 2016. Associate head coach Pat Clarke was named interim coach Reggie Witherspoon has been hired as the Griffs' new head coach
Golden Griffins in the ABA/NBA
- 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
- Chris Manhertz, signed by Buffalo Bills as undrafted free agent, played for New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers (2015–present)
NCAA Tournament results
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|
- "Canisius College Style Guide 2014". Retrieved April 13, 2016.