BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Mo Hughley has become the third Cal State Bakersfield men's basketball player to be forced to miss the season with an injury.
Hughley, a 6-foot-7 senior forward from Queens Village in New York City, will undergo knee surgery today because of a problem with his right patellar tendon.
"He has a stress strain that's caused bone-on-bone," CSUB coach Rod Barnes said. "Normally there's a catch in there."
Hughley scored 18 points in six games this season. He hasn't played since the Nov. 24 game at Wyoming.
In 31 games last season, Hughley averaged 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Because Hughley played in only six games, the NCAA will likely grant Hughley an injury redshirt season if it's sought, which would give Hughley one final year of eligibility.
Earlier this season, the Roadrunners lost starting point guard Zach Lamb to a dislocated ankle and last year's starting point guard, Issiah Grayson, decided to redshirt this season after slower than expected recovery from off-season knee surgery.
"Hopefully all of our injuries are over," Barnes said.
Tyrone White, who took over for Lamb as the point guard starter, missed Sunday's game at South Dakota State after becoming ill from an allergic reaction. White is expected back when CSUB plays host to La Verne on Saturday.
CSUB won't be home again until it hosts North Carolina A&T at Rabobank Arena on Sunday, Dec. 30.
Barnes said that he is looking for freshman guard Erik Kinney and junior forward Cory Hall to become more productive.
"We're going to push Erik and Cory hard this week," Barnes said.
"Last week before we played a game we focused on our starters. We felt like we had to get them going and that's how we'd get better.
"The focus this week is on some of our bench guys."