UE senior Troy Taylor played 39 minutes of Saturday’s 49-44 Aces win over Western Illinois before contact to his head from another player’s knee forced him to leave the game with 17 seconds left.
“I wanted to finish out the game, but I didn’t want to be stupid,” Taylor said.
The guard was diving for a rebound — he finished with eight boards — when the incident happened, and it left him with a knot on his head. It wasn’t an injury that will keep Taylor out of Tuesday’s game at Tennessee Tech.
“I’m fine,” he said Monday. “The knot went down, but it’s still a little tender. It hurt so bad, but I’ll be fine.”
Meanwhile senior Colt Ryan’s status following a hip pointer injury suffered last Thursday remains day to day, said coach Marty Simmons. Ryan didn’t actively participate in the Aces’ practice Monday, but Simmons said the preseason all-Missouri Valley Conference selection would shoot around and try to get a feel for how the injury has progressed.
“I trust him enough that really, if the doctors clear him and it’s something he wants to do, then we’ll go with it,” Simmons said. “His health and well-being is the most important thing to us. Where there is a little bit of difference is that he’s a senior, and I know how important the season is to him. On the other hand, you’ve got to make sure you’re taking care of yourself. So there’s a fine line.”
Ryan banged hips with a Buffalo player Thursday, sat out Friday’s game against Yale and logged three minutes off the bench during the first half against Western Illinois.
“Until he starts playing again, it’s just about how he feels,” Simmons said. “We thought it really improved drastically prior to the Western Illinois game. He actually got in, and it just wasn’t ready. He continues to receive treatment. We didn’t do a lot yesterday…it’s just a day to day thing where we feel like he could be back at any time, but we’re cautious and want to make sure we’re doing our due diligence to get him healthy.”