HELENA — All season the Carroll College men’s basketball team has dealt with somber news when it comes to injuries.
It lost two players already to ACL tears.
But coach Kurt Paulson received some good news this week when it came to senior forward Matt Wyman, the most recent Saint to be sidelined with a knee injury.
“He didn’t tear any ligaments. He hyper-extended his knee,” Paulson said Wednesday before practice.
The Great Falls native came up limping in the final minute before halftime against the Providence last Friday night. He finished with 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting, but returned from the trainer's room out of uniform and on crutches.
Wyman confirmed the news that he didn't tear anything via text message and said he doesn’t know how long he will be out for. He has to rehab and take it day by day.
Paulson said the best case scenario would for Wyman to return two-to-three weeks from now.
Carroll holds a two-game lead on Lewis-Clark State, Rocky Mountain and Providence in the conference standings with just three weeks before the Frontier Conference Tournament, starting on Feb. 27.
Wyman is averaging 17,5 points per game this season and leads the team in rebounding. Freshman Jovan Slijvancanin took Wyman's place in the second half last Friday and Paulson knows how important his bench will be in the final three weeks of the season.
“The guys have to set up,” Paulson said. “We have to rebound better. It’s going to be a big loss but it happens.”
This is the fifth injury that caused a Carroll player to miss games. Alex Santos and Brad King will miss the raining of the season because of ACL tears, while Eetu Villa dislocated his knee cap and Ife Kalejaiye missed six games with a leg injury.