Cal State Bakersfield senior guard/forward Shon Briggs will not play in CSUB's games on Thursday and Saturday with a lower-body injury, head coach Rod Barnes said on Tuesday.

Briggs will head back to the doctor on Wednesday to hopefully learn his fate for the rest of the season, Barnes added.

"We don’t know exactly the extent," Barnes said. "The doctor’s gotta go in there and hopefully we get better news. He’s out right now."

Briggs came up limping after a made layup with fewer than two minutes left in Saturday's win over Missouri-Kansas City. He hopped on one leg along the baseline before hitting the floor to be checked out by trainers. 

The injury is likely a stress fracture, Barnes said.

"We just got to figure out is it gonna take some time off and recover or maybe some surgery. Right now, it probably looks more toward surgery," Barnes said.

Surgery would most likely be season ending, Barnes added.

Briggs was one of two players to start every game so far this season. He is third on the team with 10.3 points per game and leads the Roadrunners with 5.5 rebounds per game.

He wanted to be MVP of the Western Athletic Conference this season and Barnes said prior to the season that Briggs would have to do "everything" for the team to be successful.

Briggs' absence will force redshirt freshman Justin Davis' role to continue to grow and could give redshirt freshman Greg Lee more minutes.

"He was doing a lot for us," CSUB center Moataz Aly said. "But we have a lot of depth that can cover him."

Jon Mettus can be reached at 661-395-7389. Follow him on Twitter at @jmettus.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.