Friday, November 27, 2009

Silence says it all

PHILADELPHIA - Siena coach Fran McCaffery voiced his displeasure with the officiating at the end of the game Friday against St. John's by not saying anything at all.

When asked about his team's shooting percentage in the second half, McCaffery responded.

“There’s a lot of reasons for that. None of which I can repeat right now.”

McCaffery went on to sit silent for three of the next four questions asked, none totally focused on the officiating.

In my opinion, it did seem late in the game as though St. John's got more of the calls and even though the fouls were even 17-17, it did look like one of the officials that will go nameless was trying to goad McCaffery into a technical foul (which was never called).

The Red Storm turned a 5-point halftime deficit into an 9-point victory, thanks in large part to their transition game.

“Our defensive intensity let down,” said senior Alex Franklin. “We weren’t getting back in transition defense. They were getting quick shots and getting lay-ups.”

St. John's shot 63 percent (17-27) in the second half.

“They definitely outhustled us,” said junior forward Ryan Rossiter. “They ran on us all night. We like to run, but we have to know that we have to get back defensively.”

Rossiter scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

“He’s terrific,” said St. John's coach Norm Roberts. “He’s exactly what he told our guys he was. He doesn’t make mistakes, he makes lay-ups, he always around the ball, he’s got terrific hands. He’s a big time player.”

While Rossiter was good, nobody else for Siena really had a good game.

“Everyone else has to be able to follow (Rossiter) and get on the scoreboard as well,” said point guard Ronald Moore.

Moore rolled his ankle with 2:2o to go, when he stepped on the foot of a Red Storm defender.

He told me it didn't feel too good after the game, but McCaffery said he was okay.

Roberts gave Siena a ton of credit saying this is the type of game his team will face night in and night out in the Big East.

“These are the types of battles we’re going to have every single night in the Big East and that’s one of the reasons why we tried to up our non-conference schedule,” he said.

Roberts called it a "terrific" win.

“Give Siena a lot of credit, they’re a terrific team,” Roberts said. “They get it up so fast, they get it up and down the court so quick. They have a lot of guys that can make plays.”

The Saints have to come out playing better tomorrow as they take on Brown.

“Hopefully we can make a quick turnaround and make the corrections by tomorrow at 4 o’clock,” said Moore.

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