McCaffery inspires a Siena victory
Playing against the league's worst team (record-wise), the Saints were trailing by as many as eight points in the first half.
McCaffery spent two timeouts and looked like he does at left, but a little redder and more heated.
Still, when senior co-captain Kenny Hasbrouck was asked where that tirade ranked from 1 through 10, this was his response.
“That was a six,” Hasbrouck said. “When he took me out the game, it was an eight.”
The other time Hasbrouck is referring to is when McCaffery almost sent the table next to the Siena bench into orbit after picking it up.
“When Coach gets ticked, he’s serious,” sophomore Clarence Jackson said. “We have leaders like Kenny, who get us going and tell us we need to go out there and execute.”
Here's what McCaffery said about the start of the game.
“We were sputtering a little at the start, obviously still plenty of time (left) and we took care of that deficit in short-order,” McCaffery said.
Hasbrouck said the worst he has ever seen his coach was during his sophomore year at Marist.
“He was dancing up and down the sidelines screaming at us,” Hasbrouck said.
That game in Poughkeepsie and last season, during halftime against Rider at home were the top two tirade's according to Hasbrouck.
Hasbrouck said he's always focused on trying to play to his best, but that McCaffery's tactics do get some of the other players going.
“With him yelling, I think it motivates other people,” Hasbrouck said.
By scoring a game-high 21 points, Hasbrouck surpassed Marcus Faison (2000) and moved into third place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,699 career points.
“I’m getting respect for the years I’ve put in here, the hard work,” Hasbrouck said. “It’s a great honor. I just want to get a championship out of it.”
The game was very physical and this is what junior Alex Franklin had to say about the battling inside.
“It was a very physical game,” Franklin said. “There were a lot of foul calls and we just had to be the tougher team and the more composed team.”
Most of those fouls were called against Canisius, who had 29 team fouls to Siena's 14.