Monday, March 9, 2009

Purple Eagles and Saints for it all

Niagara pulled out an exciting double overtime victory against Rider to set up a matchup worthy of seeing Monday night. 

The Purple Eagles and Saints split the regular season series, with each team winning on their home floor and both teams are very good. 

I assume Kenny Hasbrouck, who sustained a calf injury with 17 minutes to go will play, but here's what Siena coach Fran McCaffery said about him not. 

"We'll have to use our bench a little more," McCaffery said. "I thought Clarence (Jackson) was very good tonight. We know what we can get out of Kyle Downey. We can move Eddie (Ubiles) back there. We can play Owen Wignot. We have some options."

Hasbrouck has played and started all 126 games of Siena career. 

The Siena players seemed pretty confident that their teammate will play. 

"I have full confidence in Kenny," said Jackson, who led the team with 16 points against Fairfield. "He's going to try to do anything he can (to play)."

McCaffery still seemed uncertain though. 

"I don't think I would have been concerned if they brought him back out and said he's ready to go," McCaffery said. 

The Saints have a shoot-around scheduled for 3-4 p.m. in downtown Albany and I'll try to post an update on Hasbrouck. 

Here's what a couple of the Saints thought about playing Niagara, before they knew it would be the Purple Eagles in the title game. 

"We owe them both a game," said Hasbrouck, referring to the face that Rider and Niagara each dealt Siena on of their two conference losses on the year. 

"I think the next game is going to be real tough," added sophomore Ryan Rossiter

Siena has won 20 games in a row at home and they will be tough to knock off in front of what should be a tremendous crowd tomorrow, but if any team could, it would be Niagara. 

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