Coach Pat Skerry said the 6-foot-3, 190-pound sophomore is still serving a suspension imposed prior to the Tigers’ 75-60 victory over UMBC on Nov. 26, and there is no timetable for Hairston’s return.
“His status is still the same,” Skerry said Thursday morning as the team planned to travel to from Corvallis, Ore., to Fargo, N.D., to play North Dakota State on Saturday night. “We’ve got the team on the bus that I’m going to coach and want to coach.”
The primary ball-handling duties have shifted to Mike Burwell, and the 6-5, 205-pound senior has averaged 9.4 points and three assists per game during Hairston’s absence.
“We’ve asked Burwell to handle the ball more, but he was our best ball handler from a year ago,” Skerry said. “You look at sports injuries and losing a guy and all of that stuff, and that’s part of it. It’s the next man up. That’s just part of the deal.”
Hairston’s place in the starting lineup has been filled by sophomore shooting guard Four McGlynn, who is averaging 11.3 points and shooting 44.9 percent (22-of-49) from the floor and 44.7 percent (17-of-38) from behind the three-point line.
“He’s played pretty well,” Skerry said. “He’s obviously helped us with his ability to shoot the ball and score the ball. We’ve got to get more out of him. He’s got to work harder for his shot, get down the floor more. He had 12 in last night’s game, and he’s capable of doing more of that. But he’s been solid. We’re able to get him more minutes and justifiably so. We’ll continue to do more of that.”