We found out about the close connection between Siena's Kenny Hasbrouck and UAlbany's Will Harris during the week leading up to the rivalry game.
Hasbrouck has been at the last three Great Danes home games, so after UAlbany's 59-50 victory over Hartford, Harris was asked again about the relationship.
"Me and Kenny Hasbrouck built a real good relationship when we were at Maine Central Institute," Harris said. "We hung out all the time, worked out together all the time - we were basically roommates there. Now that we're close to each other (location-wise), we're just good friends."
Hasbrouck has been sitting in the first row at SEFCU Arena, so Harris was then asked if he had gotten Siena's co-captain season tickets.
"He just shows up," Harris said. "We talk almost everyday, just trying to keep track of each others season's and support each other."
Harris flat out said that his relationship with Hasbrouck is more important than anything between Siena and UAlbany.
"Our friendship is a little more important than the rivalry," Harris said.
Harris had another big game, 19 points and 10 rebounds, against an America East opponent.
Hartford coach Dan Leibovitz spoke very highly of Harris.
"He's a good leader," Leibovitz said. "He didn't come up here to lose. He's directing guys to where they should be."
In terms of leading, this is what Harris had to say.
"I'm the oldest of six, so being a leader is what I've grown up doing," Harris said. "It's not really anything different. When I'm in Albany, I have 12 brothers and I happen to be the oldest one here too."
While the Great Danes defeated the Hawks tonight, UAlbany coach Will Brown said. he wants nothing to do with Hartford in the America East Tournament.
"Hopefully, we're not playing them in the America East Tournament because the matchups aren't great for us," Brown said.
Look for a Siena preview tomorrow.
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