|Broken hand benches Racers’ center Aska |
|Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 7:02 pm |
|As 19th-ranked Murray State prepares for Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday it was learned that the Racers’ starting center, Ivan Aska, broke his his hand during Saturday’s game against Eastern Illinois. |
While Aska is officially listed as day-to-day, his hand was heavily bandaged and the general thinking is that he will be out for at least a couple of weeks.
Aska has started all of the Racers’ 14 games this season. He leads the team in rebounding with six a game and is third on the team in scoring with 12.6 points a game.
Earlier this season, Aska became the 37th member of the school’s 1,000-point club. It marked the fourth consecutive year a Murray State player has reached that career scoring benchmark.
“Right now he’s day-to-day,” head coach Steve Prohm said. “He went to the doctor this morning. He has a broken bone in his right hand, the fourth metacarpal. It’s not something we can put a timetable on.
“First we have to get the swelling out and then it depends on his pain tolerance. He’s doubtful for Wednesday and probably will be like that for this week.”
Aska, a 6-7 center, broke his hand during Saturday’s 73-40 victory at EIU but finished the game despite being in obvious pain.
“The funny thing about it, I was playing in the game when it broke but I still had my left hand so I kept playing,” Aska noted. “I could feel the pain but I didn’t know it was broken. I’ll just keep going to treatment and take it day-to-day.”
The Racers entered the Associated Press men’s poll a month ago and have moved up every week.
Murray State (14-0) hosts Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday, tip-off from the CFSB Center at 7 p.m.
Will Aubrey/Murray State Racers Examiner Published in The Messenger 1.3.12