Central Connecticut junior guard Kyle Vinales broke the ring finger on his right hand while lifting weights and will miss 5-6 weeks.
"You hate to see it happen to someone who works so hard,” coach Howie Dickenman said. “The saying is that you can never have enough players, even when you have 13 or 14. Now, well, you can never have enough players.”
The Blue Devils (4-9) open Northeast Conference play Thursday night at home against Wagner (6-7) without their two best players. Senior forward Matt Hunter was declared academically ineligible last week.
With 10 points Saturday in a loss at Coastal Carolina, Vinales moved past Steve Ayers and into 13th place on Central’s career scoring list with 1,378 points. Vinales is the NEC’s active leader with 34 20-plus point games in his career. He is averaging a team-high 17.4 points this season.
Freshman Matt Mobley will start in Vinales' place.
Wagner has eliminated Cenral in the quarterfinals of the NEC tournament each of the last two seasons. The Blue Devils play their first four conference games at home and won’t play another road game until Jan. 23 at Wagner (the start of four in a row on the road).The all-time Central-Wagner series is tied 18-18.