Metro State beats Canisius, wins third consecutive NIT Season Tip-Off game
ELON, N.C. -- Mitch McCarron scored 28 to lead Metro State to an 83-69 victory over Canisius on Tuesday night in the consolation round of the NIT Season Tip-Off. In the same run, Division II Metro State beat Farleigh Dickinson, Elon, and Canisius and lost to Rhode Island by three. All of the games have been exhibitions for the Roadrunners. With Monday's win against Elon, they became the first Division II team to win twice in the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Metro State led by six with 13:10 left and went on a 19-4 run to go ahead 63-44 on Mitch McCarron's jumper with 8:24 to go.
In the final eight minutes, Canisius (3-3) never got closer than Billy Baron's 3-pointer with 22 seconds left in the game that cut the deficit to 14 points. Dominique Raney led the Griffins with 17 points.
McCarron was 5 of 6 from 3-point range to conclude the tournament in which he averaged 27.5 points and 9.3 rebounds. During the four-game run, he was 40 of 55 from the field and 12 of 15 from 3-point range.