Saints bear scars of physical win

Holy Cross walked off the court empty-handed Tuesday night. Not only did the Crusaders lose a bruisi
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Holy Cross walked off the court empty-handed Tuesday night.

Not only did the Crusaders lose a bruising game to Siena, 83-71, in which 46 fouls were called, but Siena head coach Fran McCaffery ordered his team off the floor without walking to halfcourt for the traditional handshake with Holy Cross when it was over.

McCaffery said he had no beef with how the game was officiated. “I was upset with how our guys were being fouled. I’ve got guys bloody, I’ve got guys with a black eye, I’ve got guys getting stitches . . . that’s not how the game’s supposed to be played. It was a result of how they play.”

The Saints (8-4) picked a good time to get hot from the free-throw line, making 25 of 33, including seven of nine in the final four minutes.

The game was well in hand when Alex Franklin, who had 22 points and 13 rebounds, scored inside while getting hit on the top of the head and made a tough, fading putback to give Siena an 80-68 lead with 2:36 left.

Kenny Hasbrouck made a free throw with 1:35 left, and Franklin made two with 1:17 left after freshman R.J. Evans fouled out, leaving Siena with an 83-68 lead.

The Saints wound down the final shot clock, and were told by McCaffery to go straight to the locker room, leaving Holy Cross standing at the other end as head coach Ralph Willard laughed, and shook his head.

After the game, senior center Josh Duell had a shiner and a bump under his left eye, the same eye socket he broke last year, and point guard Ronald Moore was getting his chin stitched up.

The Saints were in a jolly mood, though, having won for the sixth time in the last seven games.

“Coach’s decision,” Franklin said, chuckling, about leaving the court. “We did it, so . . . time to get on the road and go.”

“I don’t know what the whole situation was, but it’s a sign of disrespect to us, because we played a hard game, everybody played hard,” Evans said, with no hint of rancor in his voice. “Yeah, there was some pushing and shoving, but when the game’s over, the game’s over. You should have respect for another man to shake his hand after the game.

“Siena’s a vet team, they hack a lot and they usually get away with that. I don’t know how. But we didn’t play as tough as we should’ve, and that’s why we didn’t win.”

The Crusaders (4-9) played tough enough to keep it close in the first half, and get back to within eight with over five minutes left, after trailing by as much as 17 points midway through the second half.

It wasn’t nearly enough, though, with Franklin battling inside and senior Kenny Hasbrouck breaking out of a scoring slump with 19 points, including a three-pointer with 5:06 left to give the Saints a 70-59 lead.

He was 3-for-7 from three-point range, and said there wasn’t anything different about how he approached this game, as opposed to the previous seven games, when he was a combined 16-for-60 from the field.

“I made them. That felt different,” he said. “I finally made some shots.”

“The thing about Kenny is, he’s really got a lot of character, and during the period when he wasn’t making shots, he was doing a lot of things to help us win games, playing great defense, rebounding,” McCaffery said. “Tonight, he did both.”

Hasbrouck took one of the hardest hits of the game with 1:35 left when he was body-slammed from the blind side by Colin Cunningham as they chased a loose ball.

Hasbrouck said there was nothing wrong with that one, at least.

“He was just going for the loose ball,” he said. “He saw the ball, I saw the ball, he wasn’t going to stop, I wasn’t going to stop. He just ran into me. He apologized right after, so he didn’t do that on purpose.”

It was just over a year ago that Franklin hurt his back in an overtime win over Holy Cross. He missed five games, and took most of the second half of the season to get back his usual form.

He thrived in the rough play on Tuesday.

“It was a physical game,” he said. “On the road, you’ve got to expect it. I’m just glad we matched the intensity and came with it.”

SIENA (83)

Ubiles 2-6 6-6 10, Franklin 8-10 6-10 22, Rossiter 5-6 5-5 15, Moore 1-6 2-3 4, Hasbrouck 6-14 4-5 19, Downey 1-3 1-2 4, Duell 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 4-10 1-2 9, Wignot 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 27-57 25-33 83.

HOLY CROSS (71)

Cunningham 3-6 0-0 6, Keister 1-7 5-8 7, McCarthy 4-6 0-0 9, Evans 9-21 2-3 21, Beinert 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 3-10 3-4 10, Dixon 1-2 0-0 3, May 4-6 5-7 15, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-59 15-22 71.

Halftime: Siena 41, Holy Cross 34. Three-point goals: Siena 4-14 (Ubiles 0-1, Moore 0-1, Hasbrouck 3-7, Downey 1-3, Jackson 0-2); Holy Cross 6-17 (Cunningham 0-2, Keister 0-2, McCarthy 1-1, Evans 1-5, Brown 1-3, Dixon 1-1, May 2-3). Rebounds: Siena 38 (Franklin 13); Holy Cross 34 (Cunningham 7). Assists: Siena 15 (Moore 8); Holy Cross 18 (Cunningham 7). Total fouls: Siena 24; Holy Cross 22. Attendance: 2,681.

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