Jan 15, 2013, 3:53 PM EST
Injuries were a popular topic on Tuesday’s CAA men’s basketball teleconference.
Before the start of this week’s action – which opens with tonight’s rivalry game between James Madison and George Mason on Comcast SportsNet (7 p.m.) – here’s what we learned today from the coaches.
Drexel coach Bruiser Flint is missing leading scorer Damion Lee (knee) and leading rebounder Daryl McCoy (foot) due to injuries. Starting forward Dartaye Ruffin is also playing through an injury. Flint said Lee practiced some on Monday and is the closest to returning to action. McCoy and Ruffin are likely game-time decisions at William & Mary on Saturday.
George Mason coach Paul Hewitt said he expects sophomore center Erik Copes to be back in the starting lineup tonight against JMU. Copes is dealing with soreness from off-season hip surgery and was rested during the Patriots’ game at UNCW last Saturday.
Georgia State freshman R.J. Hunter had an MRI on his injured foot. It came back negative, but Hunter is being held out of practice. His dad, GSU coach Ron Hunter, said he dealt with a similar injury in high school. Expect Hunter to play on Wednesday against William & Mary.
JMU coach Matt Brady said an MRI on the ankle of senior Andrey Semenov showed ligament damage and he will meet with an ankle specialist later this week. He won’t be playing “anytime soon” according to Brady. Freshman Andre Nation (shoulder) will probably play tonight against Mason. He will have to deal with the pain, but doctors have told Brady that he can’t injure it further. Nation will have an MRI on Wednesday. Freshman Charles Cooke remains out for a couple more weeks with a broken forearm.
ODU freshman Deion Clark suffered a knee injury when he slipped on the floor in practice last weekend. Monarchs’ coach Blaine Taylor said Clark had an MRI on Monday and he’ll get the results today. He’s out for at least this week.
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