Monday, December 13, 2010

Siena's Jackson bounces back

ALBANY - Clarence Jackson came out to warm up for Monday night's game and noticed that there was only 20 minutes to warm up.

The Saints were playing the second game of a doubleheader with RPI going up against New Jersey City University in the first game, which caused the abbreviated warm up time.

Jackson then had his leg give out on him in the opening minutes of the game.

"It put a little scare in me," he said in the locker room, following the 72-69 victory over Florida Atlantic.

Jackson, who was hobbling around for a couple of minutes, looked to the bench and told coach Mitch Buonaguro that he was okay.

"I wanted to stay out there," Jackson said. "I wanted to keep fighting and keep playing."

Jackson finished with 20 points and a career-high eight rebounds.

“Clarence had eight rebounds, which is really shocking,” said fellow senior Ryan Rossiter. “I was proud of him on that one. I think he had more this game then his last three seasons.”

To be fair, Jackson did have 24 rebounds coming into Monday's game.

When Rossiter, who averages double-digit rebounds on a nightly basis, was asked if Jackson was ready to compete with him.

"I don't know if he's ready for that one," Rossiter said.

Jackson said he's been getting in the gym and putting up more shots. He finished Monday 8-for-19 from the field and 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.

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