TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Indiana State head basketball coach Kevin McKenna announced today that both Harry Marshall and Dwayne Lathan have suffered injuries that will force them to miss an undetermined amount of time.
Marshall suffered a stress fracture in his right foot in the closing seconds of Wednesday night's victory over Illinois State. In an effort to help secure the victory over the Redbirds, Marshall became airborne attempting to catch a long pass and became tangled with Illinois State's Osiris Eldridge. Marshall showed true grit by remaining in the contest and knocking down a pair of free throws that essentially sealed victory for the Sycamores. Today after a series of X-rays, it was determined that he has suffered a stress fracture in his right foot and will not play for a still yet to be determined amount of time.
Lathan was making his second appearance after missing a total of five games with a high ankle sprain when he entered the contest against the Redbirds off the bench in the first half. On a drive early in the game, Lathan fell to the floor and suffered broken bones in his left hand. He likewise will continue to be re-evaluated and is slated to return when his hand is healed.
"Both Harry and Dwayne have suffered injuries that are going to require that they missed an extended amount of time," McKenna said. "Our challenge now is to come together and rally around each other and keep moving forward. We're hopeful to get both Harry and Dwayne back later in the season and have them fully recovered and rested to compliment the current healthy players who are going to have step up over the next few weeks."
The Sycamores are currently on a season-best tying three-game winning streak with a 14-9 record and stand at 6-6 in Missouri Valley Conference play. It marks the latest that ISU has been at .500 in conference since holding an 8-8 record in coach McKenna's first year at the helm - 2007-08.
Junior Jake Kelly was lost to a knee injury in the conference opener at Southern Illinois. Marshall paces the team with a 13.9 ppg average and leads the league with a 16.3 ppg average in MVC games only. Lathan has averaged 12.0 ppg game this year and Kelly averaged 9.2 ppg before his injury versus the Salukis. ISU will face a stretch of games now in which they will be missing an average of 35.1 ppg or 52.8 percent of their offensive production up to this point in the season due to losing Marshall, Lathan and Kelly to injury.
Indiana State returns to action on Saturday, February 6 when they travel to Wichita State. The game will tip-off at 8:05 p.m. (ET) and can be heard live in the Wabash Valley on The Crock 92.7 FM as well as online at GoSycamores.com.