BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
A nine-day break between games is coming at the right time for Cal State Bakersfield men's basketball.
The Roadrunners (7-14), who had already lost guards Issiah Grayson and Zach Lamb to season-ending injuries, had three players hobbling and then lost another to injury on Wednesday in the 66-36 loss at Santa Clara.
"It was just a tough week for us," said CSUB coach Rod Barnes.
Barnes said the injury he is most concerned about is to sophomore guard Javonte Maynor, who was injured as he fouled Santa Clara's Niyi Harrison late in the first half. Maynor, who averages 10.8 points per game, did not score and was unable to return to the game.
Barnes said Maynor will either have X-rays or an MRI today. Barnes' worry is that the injury could be a cracked rib.
"We're hoping and praying nothing's broken," Barnes said.
Senior guard Stephon Carter, who needs 58 points to become CSUB's all-time leading scorer, was limited to 20 minutes Wednesday and held to nine points. He averages 15.
Barnes said Carter has been diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, an injury that evidently occurred during a recent practice.
"That's something that's been bothering him," Barnes said, adding that Carter was limping slightly at times during Saturday's win over Nebraska-Omaha.
"Stephon was OK Monday at practice but woke up Tuesday and it was bad," Barnes said. "He said he couldn't remember when he tweaked it."
Carter missed Tuesday's practice and Wednesday's pre-game shoot-around. Carter, who had started CSUB's previous 20 games, did not start Wednesday.
"I didn't want to play him, but it was, 'Come on coach. It's my senior year. Let me play,' so I put him in. But he wasn't close to playing at his normal level," Barnes said.
Also hobbling Wednesday were seniors Tyrone White and Adam Young.
White has been bothered by a sore right ankle for several weeks. Young suffered a high ankle sprain on Saturday vs. Nebraska-Omaha.
"I didn't think any of those guys would play going into the game," Barnes said. "We're just fortunate for us they cared enough for our team to play."
CSUB's next game is a week from Saturday vs. Utah Valley.
"We wanted to get some work in during these (off-) days," Barnes said. "But we've got to let them heal. For us to finish up strong, we need these guys healthy."