Purdue center Isaac Haas suffered a fractured elbow in a hard fall to the floor in an NCAA Tournament game vs. Cal State Fullerton on Friday afternoon. The team announced after the game that the 7-foot-2 senior center will miss the rest of the tournament.
It was a hold-your-breath moment for the Boilermakers bench and fan base, but things seemed to be OK after Haas checked back into the game for second-seeded Purdue just a few minutes after the fall. After being taken out with less than 6 minutes to play, Haas had a large ice pack wrapped on the elbow and remained sidelined for the rest of the 26-point win.
Haas said the elbow was “fine” after the game, but according to a Purdue news release, X-rays after the game revealed a fracture that will require surgery and keep him out for the rest of the season.
“You guys have got to understand, he’s gone down a lot. A lot of times,” Purdue’s Vince Edwards said. “I knew he was going to get up, it was just going to be really slow. That’s just how that goes with him. When you’re that big and you carry that much cargo as a human, it’s going to be tough getting up if you fall down like that.”
Haas finished with 9 points and 10 rebounds as Purdue took control of the game against 15th-seeded Cal State Fullerton in the second half, pulling away for a 74-48 win. But with Purdue playing for the first time in 12 days, Haas went back into the game after the fall to get some more minutes ahead of the second round.
Losing Haas is huge for the Boilermakers, who will have to lean heavily on backup Matt Haarms in Haas’ absence. Haas entered the tournament averaging 14.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He scored 23 points on 12 field-goal attempts against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament title game on March 11.
Haas played 58 percent of the team’s minutes, while Haarms was on the court 41 percent of the time. The latter number is about to go way up.
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