Kent State Chris Evans' status still uncertain following injury in Central Michigan game

By Allen Moff | Staff Writer Published:

While Kent State's men's basketball brass are hopeful that star senior guard Chris Evans will not miss any time due to the right ankle injury sustained in the late stages of Saturday's home victory over Central Michigan, they're still not completely certain.

"I really don't have much of an update," said Golden Flashes coach Rob Senderoff. "He went and got treatment (Sunday). They're gonna send him to get a precautionary x-ray (this) morning, but they don't anticipate there being much of a problem."

Evans suddenly tumbled to the floor near midcourt with 3:19 to play and his team comfortably ahead by 12 after "he landed on (teammate Bryson Pope's) foot or rolled his foot on Bryson's leg or something like that," said Senderoff, who like just about everyone else in attendance did not actually see the injury occur.

Evans screamed in pain while laying face down on the court for several minutes, pounding his fists into the floor. Kent State's leading scorer and rebounder eventually got up, but needed two trainers to help him to the bench, and was unable to put any pressure on his right foot.

After the contest ended Evans was unable to join the postgame handshake line, but did manage to limp into the locker room on his own. He received treatment after the game, and did not attend the postgame press conference.

Evans leads Kent State and ranks among the top six in the Mid-American Conference in scoring (4th, 16.8 ppg), rebounding (6th, 7.0 rpg) and steals (4th, 1.9 spg). The Flashes (13-11, 4-6 MAC) host Miami (8-14, 3-7) on Wednesday, and will need their top player as they attempt to vault up the MAC standings in the second half of the conference season.

"I think it's just gonna be based upon how he responds to treatment over the next couple of days, assuming that nothing's wrong, but they don't think anything his," said Senderoff. "We'll practice (today) and see if he can do anything, then go from there."

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