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The Mississippi State Bulldogs basketball squad will only be taking six scholarship players on the plane ride from Starkeville to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational following the loss of leading scorer Jalen Steele.
The 6-foot-3 junior came down on his right wrist while attempting a driving layup in the Bulldogs’ 78-58 victory over Florida Atlantic on Tuesday night.
He sustained a fracture and will now be out for up to six weeks.
Fortunately, the school’s training staff has reported that surgery will not be necessary.
Steele led all State scorers with 16 points in the team’s season opening heartbreaker against Troy as the team fell 56-53.
After averaging 8.7 points per game a season ago, Steele had understandably been hoping to break out in his third year with the program.
The team will also be without forward Colin Borchert for the Invitational, following a suspension for a “violation of team rules”.
Already a middle-of-the-pack-type team, the road to any sort of postseason birth just got quite a bit tougher for the Bulldogs.
Information and statistics from CBSSports were used in this report.
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