UNLV announced Sunday that junior forward Roscoe Smith, who ranks fifth in the nation in rebounding and has started every game this season, will miss Wednesday night’s Senior Night game against Mountain West Conference co-leader San Diego State due to a concussion.
Smith has a team-leading 15 double-doubles and is averaging 11.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. He butted heads with a player midway through the second half of UNLV’s 93-67 victory at Air Force on Saturday and threw up after leaving the court.
“Roscoe was evaluated today and was determined to have a concussion,” Runnin’ Rebels head coach Dave Rice said. “He will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, but he will miss Wednesday’s game against San Diego State.”
The timing of Smith’s injury probably couldn’t have come at a worse time. UNLV (19-10, 10-6) is trying to hold off Boise State (19-10, 9-7) for third place in the Mountain West and the No. 3 seed in next week’s Mountain West Tournament and will be facing a San Diego State squad that leads the conference in offensive rebounding (13.48).
The Aztecs (25-3, 14-2) outrebounded the Rebels, 49-39, in the first meeting between the schools on Jan. 18 in San Diego en route to a 63-52 victory. Smith had 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in the loss.
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