A season that was already showing signs of heading south just got a lost worse for Seton Hall during an agonizingly gloomy 83-80 overtime loss to Saint Peter's, Seton Hall's first since 1995.
Back-up center Aaron Geramipoor suffered a sprained ankle in the first half that will sideline the 6-foot-11 Englishman for 2-3 weeks. Geramipoor rolled his right ankle coming down for a rebound on the same side of the court that Fuquan Edwin sprained his right ankle a little over a week ago. He immediately hobbled to the Seton Hall locker room and did not return to the game.
Basketball-wise, the far more crippling injury for Seton Hall came with just seconds left in regulation. Down three with :15 to play after Saint Peter's missed the front-end of a 1-and-1, flu-ridden Sterling Gibbs (16 ppg, 4.1 apg) drove the length of the court and was fouled attacking the basket. Gibbs came down straight-legged under the basket on his right leg, which then buckled at the knee towards the Seton Hall bench just feet from where Geramipoor laid 90 minutes prior. After falling into the Pirate cheerleaders, Sterling immediately clutched at his right knee and writhed in pain on the Prudential Center court. Replays confirmed a knee injury after every Pirate fan watching hoped - yeah, hoped - for an ankle injury instead.
Kevin Willard on Sterling Gibbs: "We'll know more after he gets his MRI tomorrow, but it doesn't look good." #shbb— A Daly Dose Of Hoops (@DalyDoseOfHoops) December 14, 2013
After receiving brief treatment on the court with the sparsely-attended Prudential Center dead-quiet, Gibbs was taken to the locker room, applying no pressure on his right leg. The initial prognosis is grim, with a season-ending injury a distinct possibility. Going into today's game, Sterling was leading Seton Hall in scoring and assists, while leading the country in fouls drawn per 40 minutes and ranking 3rd in the country in assist rate.
Assuming Fuquan Edwin is ready to play when Seton Hall takes on Eastern Washington next Sunday, he participated in shootaround today, the Pirates will be down to seven scholarship players and just one natural guard, freshman Jaren Sina, in their backcourt. Edwin, Brian Oliver, and perhaps walk-on Travis Berry, who played two minutes today, will likely be asked to pitch-in at point guard and shooting guard.