Siena junior guard Evan Hymes will be out for six to eight weeks after breaking his hand in an exhib-ition game against McGill University in Montreal on Sunday.
Hymes was hurt in the third quarter of a 74-72 loss.
A rough game turned into what head coach Jimmy Patsos said was a quick “skirmish,” after which some players were ejected.
Hymes came out of it with a sore hand, and an X-ray on Monday revealed a break.
“There was a pileup, and the next thing you know, there was a skirmish, but it was over fast,” Patsos said. “These things happen.”
“He’s a good kid, and I feel bad for him. I think he maybe landed on it, because it’s not like it’s the knuckle, it’s more toward the bottom of his hand, the heel.”
Hymes has started 58 of 62 games over two seasons with the Saints, averaging 12.0 points and 35.3 minutes per game.
He is projected to start at shooting guard next to freshman point guard Marquis Wright.
The McGill game was the only loss in the first four of five exhibitions Siena is playing this summer.
The silver lining to Hymes' injury is that it has given some younger players a chance to get more minutes, Patsos said.
He said freshmen Javion Ogunyemi, from Troy High, and Lavon Long have been playing well.
The trip started with a pitstop in Lake Placid to view the movie “Miracle” about the 1980 U.S. Olympic gold medal hoockey team and a tour of the Olympic rink.
“The competition has been good,” Patsos said. “We’re playing two and a half games without Hymes, so we’re finding out who can play. They’ve learned some lessons. This trip is great for defining roles. And the team has gotten tighter being on the road together.”
Siena 80, Concordia 70
MONTREAL — The Saints topped Concordia University Wednesday to conclude their preseason schedule, getting 23 points from Rob Poole, while Marquis Wright turned in a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Wright just missed a triple-double with nine assists to just three turnovers. He was 6-for-15 from the field. Poole hit eight of his 15 shots, including four of six from beyond the arc.
Brett Bisping also hit double-digit points, scoring 10.
Siena led, 41-27, at the half. The Saints outscored the Stingers, 54-26, in the paint and the Siena bench owned a 24-14 advantage.