By Nick Veronica
Canisius coach Jim Baron had some strong words in the press conference about a play that injured Zach Lewis in the second half.
Lewis was on a fast break, looked behind him before going to the hoop, and was caught by Iona’s Isaiah Williams, who bumped Lewis on his way up and sent him crashing into the base of the hoop. Williams was assessed a flagrant foul but it did not appear to be a malicious play.
“The kid could’ve been killed,” Baron said.
Lewis appeared to be holding his left shoulder after the play and Baron said Lewis was woozy on the bench. It apparently wasn’t serious enough to go through concussion protocol, though, and Lewis re-entered the game shortly after. Billy Baron said later that he expects Lewis to be fine.
Jim Baron opened his press conference talking about the incident and said the momentum changed after that play. Listen for yourself:
(sorry about the weird buzz in the room)
Canisius players Billy Baron and Phil Valenti
Iona coach Tim Cluess and players David Laury and A.J. English