Devastating news hit the Purdue Boilermakers on Friday in the former of injury.
Senior center Isaac Haas will miss the remainder of the NCAA Tournament because of a fractured right elbow that was sustained in Purdue’s 74-48 Round of 64 win over the Cal State Fullerton Titans on Friday. The 7’2 senior appeared to fall hard on his arm during the second half of the game, but remain in the game to play for several minutes following the fall.
X-rays that were done after the game revealed the fracture in Haas’ elbow, and it will require surgery, according to Purdue head coach Matt Painter.
“My whole body hit kind of awkward,” Haas said post game when discussing his injury, per ESPN. “I just laid there for a second. When I rolled over, that’s when I felt my elbow.”
Without Haas, the second-seeded Boilermakers will play the Butler Bulldogs in the Round of 32 on Sunday afternoon. Butler head coach LaVall Jordan also had shared his own thoughts on a devastating end to Haas’ senior season:
“First of all your heart goes out to Isaac and his family and Purdue and Matt [Painter] and that program,” Jordan said. “You hate that for anybody. You really hate it for a senior.
During his college career at Purdue, Haas improved each and every season. He raised his scoring averages and rebounding averages every single year, and was perhaps Purdue’s most efficient player, and an often became the focal point for the team’s offense. He was named a member to the third-team All-Big Ten this season, and had 15 points in 16 minutes against Butler in Purdue’s 82-67 regular season win on December 15, even though he was battling foul trouble all game.
Haas averaged 14.9 points and 5.6 rebounds this season, and had 9 points and 10 rebounds for Purdue on 3-7 shooting in 15 minutes today.
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