Colorado State senior forward Pierce Hornung is “50-50 at best” to play Saturday against UE, according to a report published Thursday by the Denver Post.
Hornung, the Rams’ leading rebounder at 12 boards a game, was hit across the face in Colorado State’s win last Saturday at Washington and has since suffered concussion-like symptoms. He missed the Rams’ win Monday over Northern Colorado and had little to say about the injury this week.
“I’m just not feeling that great,” Hornung told the Denver Post. “Overall, not feeling that great.”
Hornung is also averaging 7.5 points per game and has a team-leading 10 steals this season for Colorado State, which enters Saturday 5-0 and receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls.
UE coach Marty Simmons said Wednesday the Aces are preparing heavily for Colorado State’s rebounding – the Rams are averaging 43.6 boards per game to opponents’ 26.6 — and Simmons expected Hornung to be part of that.
“He’s their best offensive rebounder from the swing position,” Simmons said of the 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward, one of three starters back from a team that made an NCAA tournament appearance last season.
Colorado State also added Minnesota transfer Colton Iverson this season. Iverson, 6-10 and 261 pounds, averages a double-double with 16.6 points per game and 11 rebounds, second only to Hornung.
The Denver Post report suggested Rams coach Larry Eustachy may leave Hornung out of Saturday’s game as Colorado State looks ahead to a matchup Wednesday against No. 19 Colorado.
Tip time for UE-Colorado State is 3:30 p.m. CST Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo.