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Villanova backup center Casiem Drummond reinjures ankle

TAMPA — Villanova backup center Casiem Drummond sat somberly in an otherwise giddy locker room, his heavily taped right ankle propped up on a chair and crutches leaning against a stall.

Drummond said he "just turned it" in the waning moments of the opening half and limped to the bench. He was helped to the locker room at halftime and returned to the court on crutches. He will be evaluated back home today.

"I don't know what's going on right now," he said.

The 6-foot-10 sophomore, who started nine games and was averaging 5 points and 4.7 rebounds entering Sunday's second-round matchup with Siena, missed a good chunk of the season after he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the same ankle on Dec. 29.

CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY: Wildcats coach Jay Wright jokingly said a few days ago that the best of times in Tampa Bay would include two wins for his team then a Phillies spring training game today for himself.

"It would be a dream weekend for me," he said. "But now I'm chickening out. I can't stay. I've got to get back with the team. & And I would love to see the Phils."

BITTERSWEET ENDING: What a difference a couple of days makes.

On Friday night, Siena senior guard Tay Fisher and coach Fran McCaffery met at midcourt for an emotional celebration of the Saints' upset over Vanderbilt. On Sunday, they met again on the sideline, with time winding down and marking the end of Fisher's Siena career following a 12-point loss to Villanova.

"It was tough to watch," McCaffery said. "He was a mess. He was in tears coming off the floor. He, in many ways, is the face of the program. & I think he'll be remembered in Albany for a long time."

Fisher, the only senior, was 12-of-16 from 3-point range in his previous two games, including 6-of-6 in Friday's first round. But he finished with just five points on 1-of-4 shooting on Sunday.

"I was a little down, but I can't really hang my head too much," Fisher said. "I tried my best with this team, with the coaching staff. We got further than many people thought we would. We were just one step away from the Sweet 16, and actually making history, because that never happened in the MAAC. & We've just got to keep going on. Even though I'm not on this team next year, they are going to have a great team and they're going to keep moving on. I have no doubt about it."

STRANGE EXPERIENCE: Villanova sophomore guard Scottie Reynolds had the chance to shake hands and receive congratulations for a "great job" from his team's former administrative assistant/video coordinator, Andrew Francis. He's in his first season as a Siena assistant.

"Occasionally, I looked over at him when I was on the foul line," Reynolds said. "It was crazy to see him on the other team's bench. It was a little different."

Antonya English can be reached at english@sptimes.com.Brian Landman can be reached at landman@sptimes.com

Villanova backup center Casiem Drummond reinjures ankle 03/23/08 [Last modified: Sunday, March 23, 2008 9:34pm]
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