Loyola sophomore guard Lucas Williamson had surgery after injuring his hand for the second time this year. He’s expected to be out a month, Loyola Athletics announced Wednesday afternoon. The news comes two days after head coach Porter Moser said the injury could be season-ending.
Williamson initially broke his right hand against University of Nevada Nov. 27 and returned to the lineup against University of Evansville Jan. 8 after missing eight games. He’s been sidelined for Loyola’s last two games against Missouri State University and Southern Illinois University after going down against Indiana State University Jan. 19.
Moser confirmed Williamson would need surgery in a conference call Jan. 28, saying he thought it’d be “imminent.” The athletics department said Williamson would be out three to four weeks, which could put him back in the rotation just in time for the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Tournament March 7-10.
The Chicago native is averaging 8.6 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game in 11 appearances this year. He was named to the MVC All-Bench Team and All-Freshman Team last season, and has been described by Moser as the Ramblers’ “best defender.”
Loyola is scheduled to take on University of Northern Iowa tonight at Gentile Arena. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Chicago.