PHILADELPHIA -- Saint Joseph's senior John Bryant was in the
starting lineup Wednesday night, three weeks after his arm was
broken on a hard foul ordered by Temple coach John Chaney.
Bryant received a standing ovation from the home crowd when he
was introduced as the starting power forward before the Hawks
played Hofstra in the NIT.
He hadn't played since Feb. 22 when Chaney sent in Nehemiah
Ingram to play rough and commit hard fouls. Bryant, a 6-foot-7
forward, was knocked hard to the floor by the seldom-used 6-foot-8,
His right elbow heavily wrapped, Bryant joined the Hawks (19-11)
in the pregame layup line before playing Hofstra (21-8). He also
shot some free throws.
The referees smiled as they checked out Bryant's wrap when he
came out with teammate Pat Carroll for captains meeting at
"He's the emotional leader of the team. How great is that?"
athletic director Don DiJulia said. "He's been working hard to get
to this point so I'm not shocked."
Chaney was suspended for five games before returning to coach
the Owls in their NIT loss Tuesday night. Chaney apologized to
Bryant and his family and offered to pay any medical bills.
Bryant averaged 3.0 points and 2.6 rebounds in 24 games.