Friday , Feb , 25 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Chaney’s ‘goon’ breaks Bryant’s arm

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Saint Joseph’s forward John Bryant has a fracture in his right arm as the result of a deliberate foul by Temple’s Nehemiah Ingram in Tuesday’s game at the Liacouras Center.

Bryant, a senior, is not likely to play another college basketball game. In 112 career games, Bryant, a starter on the Hawks’ Elite Eight squad last season, scored 288 points and grabbed 317 rebounds.

Temple coach John Chaney admitted after the game that he sent the seldom-used Ingram into the game to get even for what he thought were illegal screens by Saint Joseph’s that were not being called by the officials.

Ingram threw several elbows, one connecting to the chin of Hawks center Dwayne Jones. He then fouled Bryant hard under the basket with one hand while using the other to throw the off-balanced Hawk to the floor. Bryant left the game and did not return. He was in obvious pain on the Saint Joseph’s bench.

Ingram, who is 6’8″ and 250 pounds, fouled out of the game in just four minutes. “That’s what happens. That’s what happens,” Chaney said Tuesday. “I’m a mean, ornery, son of a bitch. You understand? When I see something wrong, I try to right it. I try to do the same thing they’re doing.

“I’m sending a message,” Chaney said after the game. “I’m going to send in what we used to do years ago, send in the goons.”

The Hall of Fame coach was not suspended by the school or by the Atlantic 10 Conference, but did impose a one-game suspension on himself Wednesday.

The Hawks beat Temple Tuesday for the second time this season.

Chaney will miss Saturday’s game against Massachusetts.