Friday, January 11, 2013

Hymes delivers eye-opening performance

J.S. Carras - The Record
ALBANY - Evan Hymes hadn't been getting a good look at the basket the past two games.

All it took was one poke to the eye and he had one of his best shooting nights as a Siena player.

Hymes, who had shot 2-for-18 from the field over the past two games, was 8-for-12 on Friday night, as Siena took down Canisius, 57-54, and ended its 11-game losing streak.

“I've been putting in extra shots at practice," Hymes said, following the win. "I know I'm a capable shooter, it's just putting in the extra work and that's what I did and it showed tonight.”

Hymes took a vicious hit to the right eye from Canisius big man Chris Manhertz in the first half and looked like he wouldn't return.

In fact, he contact lens was knocked around in his eye and initially, he thought it had scratched the eyeball. It swelled up instantly and forced him back to the locker room.

After halftime, Hymes returned with an ice bag on his eye and sat out for the first few minutes of the second half.

Once he returned, he got right back into the flow and was a big reason why the Saints came out on top.

“I thought it was his best game of the year,” said Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro. “He could not have played better.”

Hymes hit two very long 3-pointers in the second half and his presence is certainly one of the reasons Siena came out victorious. 

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