Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Rossiter comes alive late

ALBANY - Siena junior forward Ryan Rossiter didn't have any points for the first 25 minutes of Monday's game.

He finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

“In my opinion, he’s an all-league player,” said Siena coach Fran McCaffery. “He was voted that in the preseason and I think he’s proving that today, that’s what he’s going to be.”

While Rossiter wasn't struggling (he was only 0-for-2), he credited McCaffery for keeping him on the floor.

“I think Coach McCaffery does a great job of letting us play through it,” Rossiter said. “I know his confidence is always in me, so it makes my job a lot easier. I just have to go out there and play hard and eventually the shots are going to fall.”

Rossiter's ability to bring great offense is something that makes Siena a very tough team.

“I think Ryan Rossiter makes them extremely difficult to prepare for,” said Northeastern coach Bill Coen said. “He seems to outwork every big man he faces.”

Rossiter said his mentality is that he will get every rebound, something his father Steve instilled in him.

“He and (Alex) Franklin are a formidable duo there on the glass and it allows our perimeter players to do what they do,” said McCaffery.

Rossiter even stepped out and knocked down what almost was a 3-pointer with 11:46 remaining in the game.

“He’s got a lot of offense in his game,” McCaffery said. “That jumper he hit, was not a surprise to me. He’s got a terrific stroke.”

Kenny Hasbrouck was at the game wearing a boot on his injured foot and he was on the bench acting like an assistant coach.

“He’s got a bright future,” said McCaffery.

McCaffery said Hasbrouck helped recognize that Northeastern guard Baptiste Bataille was pressuring point guard Ronald Moore, but then immediately backing off.

“That was a very good suggestion that he made and Ronald took advantage of it,” McCaffery said.

Hasbrouck was also encouraging the Siena players when the team was down in the first half.

“He loves the game of basketball and is eager to get out there and play, but having him on the sideline and giving us some words of wisdom is really helpful," said Moore.

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November 18, 2009 at 11:37 PM 

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