Canty tallied eight assists against Presbyterian, but that was partially offset by five first-half turnovers. That continued his struggles from the previous two games, where he had a combined eight assists and 17 turnovers against South Carolina and Akron.
He may have regained his ball-control skills, but his shooting woes have continued. He was 4 of 14 Sunday, which brings him to a 10-of-43 clip over the last four games - under 25 percent. From 3-point range, he is 3 of 20 over the last three games, or 15 percent.
Playing 35.9 minutes per game, Canty seems to have hit a "freshman wall" of sorts, physically and mentally. But there is more to it - the opposition, as a few teams have learned how to deal with him.
"Teams now, they have film on [him]," said MU coach Tom Herrion. "He is a target, he is the emphasis in scouting, it starts with him. When you scout us, it starts with how you take him out, off ball screens. When you're shooting contested shots, your percentage goes down."
The good news: Canty took care of the ball in the second half, issuing five assists without a turnover. That's a positive he and his teammates can take into Thursday's C-USA opener at Texas-San Antonio.
"Whether you like it not, he's the heartbeat of our team," Herrion said. "It kind of goes as he goes. He's a great player, had a great start to his freshman year, but they kind of lean on him, look toward him. He's a crutch."
Canty's minutes rank second in C-USA, behind the 37.7 of Tulane's Jonathan Stark.
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