LOUDONVILLE – Siena sophomore guard Aidan Carpenter helped the Saints build a 24-point lead in the second half over Saint Peter’s last Sunday.
Then a recurrence of his groin injury forced Carpenter to sit for the fnal 7:32 as Siena barely held on for a 60-58 victory, their first win in Jersey City since 2010.
He’s hoping he’ll be back to play at 2 p.m. Saturday, when the Saints (3-6) take on nonleague foe Holy Cross (2-8) in Worcester, Mass. in their final game before Christmas.
“I’ve been taking it day by day,” Carpenter said before Thursday’s practice. “Of course, I’m going to have a little pain, but besides that, I should be able to play, but we’ll see.”
Siena head coach Carmen Maciariello said Carpenter didn’t do any cutting in practice on Wednesday, instead running up and down to break a sweat. He took part in drills in the early portion of practice that was open to the media on Thursday.
Maciariello said he hopes Carpenter and senior center Jackson Stormo will both be ready to play against the Crusaders. Stormo sat out the Saint Peter’s game with illness. He took part in some of Wednesday’s practice and “should be fine,” according to Maciariello.
Maciariello had no update on fifth-year guard Andrew Platek, who hurt his left leg in the loss to Manhattan last Friday and didn’t play against Saint Peter’s. Platek had an MRI this week to determine whether it’s an Achilles or calf injury and was awaiting the results.
Before the groin flared up, Carpenter had a season-high and team-high 15 points, scoring on an assortment of drives to the basket that are his strength. He had one acrobatic finish on a reverse layup as he fell to the court.
Without him, Siena had much trouble breaking Saint Peter’s pressure and committed 14 of its 19 turnovers in the second half.
“We learned that we don’t need to panic, first of all, when we’re up 20,” Carpenter said. “We don’t need to panic. We need to take our time going up with the ball and stuff like that.”
Javian McCollum has a ball in first college start
Freshman point guard Javian McCollum had a strong beginning and a shaky finish in his first college start against Saint Peter’s.
He had six points in 28 minutes and helped the Saints jump out to their big lead.
“It was fun,” McCollum said. “I just came out there and tried to play with confidence. Get the team going on the offensive end and the defensive end, so I think it went great.”
But he also had four turnovers in the final 7:07 as the Peacocks rallied.
Siena vs. Holy Cross
When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Hart Center, Worcester, Mass.
Radio: 98.7 FM, 1300 AM
“Just got to, when they start pressing, just take care of the ball,” McCollum said. “Don’t get in a rush. Advance it and get it into our set and just try to get a bucket.”
Carpenter was impressed by what he saw from McCollum and freshman guard Jared Billups, who also got his first start and had six rebounds and four blocks.
“Javian’s big,” Carpenter said. “He’s, like, another primary ballhandler. When we’re out on the court together, I don’t always have to bring up the ball. He’s very smart with the ball. Jared, he’s just a freak athlete. I think I saw something on Twitter, a petition to call him ‘Off Night’ or something like that because when he’s on the top offensive player on the other team, it’s tough to score against him.”
Notes: The team had lunch with Siena president Chris Gibson on Thursday … The Siena-Holy Cross game will be televised on NBC Sports Boston, which is Channel 630 on DirecTV.
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