Not again! Roberts hit in the face

BY GREGG ELLIS
Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – The looming question floating around Humphrey Coliseum today is whether Lawrence Roberts will see his first action this week.

The All-American -and reigning Southeastern Conference Player of the Year -missed the season opener because of an NCAA-mandated one game suspension before sitting out Game 2 with a broken nose that required surgery.

Game 3 is Thursday against No. 6-ranked Syracuse in the semifinal round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at New York City's Madison Square Garden, but MSU coach Rick Stansbury isn't sure his star player will be in the lineup for the 2-0 Bulldogs.

That's because Monday the 6-foot-9 Roberts suffered another setback when he was hit in the face with a basketball during a rebounding drill, forcing him to miss the remainder of practice.

Fortunately, he was wearing his protective mask when the incident occurred.

“Right now, we just don't know,” Stansbury said. “It will be a game-time decision.”

No. 12 Mississippi State and the Orangemen will play following the conclusion of the St. Mary's-Memphis game, which is slated to begin at 6 p.m. Both games will be televised by ESPN2, as will Friday's.

In other basketball news, the eligibility concerns of Meridian Community College transfer Jamall Edmondson have been cleared, and 5-foot-9 point guard practiced with the team for the first time on Monday.

He also accompanied the team to New York Tuesday afternoon.