Bucknell forward Donald Brown is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his right hand.
Bucknell sports information director Jon Terry said this morning doctors have not set a timetable for brown's return.
Brown suffered the injury Tuesday when he was fouled hard by Colgate's Kyle Chones with 6:48 to go in Bucknell's win over the Raiders. Brown stayed in the game after the foul, but missed both free throws after the foul and took only one more shot -- a missed layup -- the rest of the game.
The loss is significant for the Bison. After spending the last two seasons as Bucknell's spark off the bench, Brown has started all 21 games this season, leading the team in minutes played (31.8 mpg), scoring (11.8 ppg), rebounds (6.6 rpg) and steals (1.7 spg). Brown leads the patriot League in rebounding and field goal percentage (58.2 percent).
With Brown out, junior Darren Mastropaolo will likely return to the starting lineup. Mastropaolo started 13 games as a freshman and 30 of 32 last season before moving to the bench after starting the first 7 games this season to allow Brown to move back to the four, his more natural position.
Mastropaolo is more of a conventional power forward, lacking the versatility of Brown, who has the quickness and speed to defend smaller guys on the perimeter and the length and hops to guard bigger opponents in the paint. A solid defender in the post, Mastropaolo lacks brown's quickness to get out on wings in the corner from Bucknell's 2-3 matchup. Mastropaolo has shown flashes of improved offense this season. With Brown out, the Bison will need him, and freshman Patrick Behan, to pick up their offensive production.
Six-three freshman Stephen Tyree, who is becoming known for his defense, could also see increased minutes, especially against smaller lineups. Josh Linthicum, a 6-11 sophomore, could also see more minutes in Brown's absence.
The injury is the most significant one to hit the Bison since forward John Clark's bad feet forced him out of the lineup in the 2004-2005 season. That injury eventually ended the career of Clark, who would be a senior this year. It also led to Mastropaolo joining the starting lineup his freshman season.