NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State's men's basketball team will have to overcome a big setback after learning on Monday afternoon that junior guard Bruce Price has been lost for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
It was confirmed on Monday that Price had a torn ACL which occurred in the final minutes of the Tigers' upset bid at Ohio State on Friday night. Price will have surgery the week of January 2.
"This is major blow for our team as Bruce was playing well, and has shown a lot of maturity from his sophomore to his junior season," said Tiger head coach Cy Alexander. "He was not only our leading scorer, but our top defensive player on the perimeter. I feel very bad for Bruce. However, he should make a full recovery after a four-to-six month rehabilitation period."
Price was leading the team in scoring at 19.3 ppg and also drew the assignment of covering the opponents' top offensive player. He became the 24th player in TSU history to cross the 1,000th point mark last week at Southern Mississippi."
TSU will play its first game without Price when the Tigers travel to Iowa State to play the Cyclones. The Tigers will be making their second straight season to Ames. Last season, the Tigers lost a tough 67-61 decision to the Cyclones on New Year's Eve. Iowa State won a first round game in the NCAA Tournament before losing to eventual champion North Carolina in the second game.
This season, the Cyclones are off to a 9-3 start and will carry the momentum of winning Hawaii's Rainbow Classic into their return home. ISU swept through three games, defeating Colorado State 87-80 in the championship game.
After the trip to Iowa State, the Tigers will look forward to playing at home as they host Middle Tennessee on New Year's Eve at 2 p.m. in the Gentry Center.