There was some good news on the injury front as the 17th-ranked UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (15-2) left Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon for Thursday night’s game at Cal State Bakersfield.
Starting center Brice Massamba, who sat out Tuesday’s practice after being knocked out of the Rebels’ 74-69 win at Hawaii on Dec. 31 with what was called “concussion like symptoms”, returned to practice Wednesday and made the trip.
Runnin’ Rebel head coach Dave Rice, who will start sophomore Carlos Lopez at center against the Roadrunners (7-8), said Massamba was “possible” to play.
“He did non-contact stuff today at the end of practice,” Rice said. “We’ll see about tomorrow. I would list him as possible. … I think he will certainly be available in an emergency. He’s gotten better every day. No doubt he’s making progress and will be fine eventually.”
Massamba, who has started 40 games in his career, is averaging 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. He was knocked woozy against the Rainbow Warriors after taking an elbow to the forehead from center Vander Joaquim.