Canisius 67, Fairfield 55

Billy Baron and Harold Washington each scored 19 points as

Canisius defeated Fairfield 67-55 Friday night in a Metro Atlantic

Athletic Conference opener.

The Golden Griffins (5-1), who finished 5-25 last season, have

already matched that victory total in their first season for coach

Jim Baron.

Billy Baron, the coach’s son, made 5 of 7 shots in the first

half and had 12 of his points as Canisius took a 36-30 lead at the

break. He transferred from Rhode Island after last season when his

father left there to take the Canisius job.

Washington scored 14 of his points in the second half. Jordan

Heath scored 10 points and blocked four shots for the Golden

Griffins before fouling out.

Derek Needham, with 11 points, was the only player in double

figures for the Stags (4-5), who had won their last nine games

against Canisius.