One day after Siena managed to stay unbeaten in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, coach Fran McCaffery talked about the last 20 seconds, when the Saints fell behind, went ahead and held on.
After Gary Springer put Iona up one, McCaffery said he didn't want to stop the play.
"My philosophy is you don't take a timeout - we just go," McCaffery said. "The reason you do that is you know what the defense is going to be, they're going to be in transition mode, they're going to be man-to-man and I got playmakers and we're going to attack. Now, Ronald (Moore) fumbles the ball, we dive on it, we call timeout and now we have to run a play. Normally, I don't want to call a play there, I want to make a play and I trust my guys to do that."
Even though the Siena bench didn't see much action in the second half, McCaffery told Clarence Jackson, Owen Wignot and Kyle Downey after the Niagara game that they needed more playing time.
"If we're going to be a championship caliber team, you need a bench," McCaffery said.
McCaffery did say though that he sticking with his starters once Iona made the big run.
"Once it got to the point where you could tell it was going to go right down to the wire, I was pretty much going to stay with my guys, my starters," McCaffery said.
McCaffery also said Tuesday that Wignot hurt his leg and wasn't able to go back in.
McCaffery said Tuesday that senior Josh Duell is on the way back to being ready to go.
"In short order, we're going to have Josh back, so that will make us even more difficult to guard," McCaffery said.
McCaffery said that he thinks it will be a quicker recovery than the one Duell underwent before the start of the season, when he was dealing with an Achilles injury.
"I could be wrong," McCaffery said. "He's been doing a lot of work in the pool, he's doing a lot of stretching, he's a little thinner and he's been doing a lot of shooting."
Junior Cory Magee still hasn't played in a game this year, but McCaffery said Tuesday that it's been figured out that Magee now is dealing with more complications from the preseason concussion and that he is have inner-ear issues.
"All you want is for your student-athletes to be healthy," McCaffery said. "I'd love for him to be out there mixing it up and helping us win, but when you have somebody go through what he's going through, you just want him to be healthy and happy in his everyday life."
Magee will now decide if he wants to have surgery, but through it all, McCaffery says he's still kept a positive frame of mind.
"He's kept it together academically and he's still an integral part of the team," McCaffery said. "He comes to practice, he's in the locker room, the kids love him, so he's impacted the team in a positive way."
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