ELON, N.C. (AP) — Takal Molson scored 20 points — with half coming from the free throw line — and Canisius held off Elon for a 92-91 win on Sunday.
Scott Hitchon’s 3-point play gave Canisius an 87-76 lead with 2:04 left. Elon responded with a layup from Steven Santa Ana and a 3-pointer by Nathan Priddy to reduce the deficit to six points. Malik Johnson made 1 of 2 free throws with 48 seconds left and the Golden Griffins were up 88-81.
Sheldon Eberhardt made a 3 eight seconds later and Elon was within four. Molson split a pair of free throws before Seibring added another three to bring the Phoenix within 89-87. Each team made 1 of 2 foul shots before Molson made a pair for a safe 92-88 cushion with four seconds to go. Nathan Priddy buried a 3 as time expired for the game’s final margin.
Hitchon and Jibreel Faulkner each scored 16 for Canisius (3-6), Johnson, 10 and Jordan Henderson 10.
Santa Ana scored 25 points, Seibring, 24, Priddy, 15, Eberhardt, 12 and Chuck Hannah 10. Elon (3-9) now has dropped four straight and seven of its last eight.