LAWRENCE, Kan. — Monte Morris has no second thoughts about his status for Iowa State's Big 12 tournament opener next week in Kansas City, but his late-game injury late Saturday nonetheless created anxious moments.
With 15 seconds remaining Saturday in Iowa State's eventual 85-78 loss to Kansas, Morris collided in mid-air with Kansas' Frank Mason on a 3-point attempt. Morris made all three free throws but shortly after asked out of the game with a hurting right shoulder.
Morris was diagnosed postgame with a strained shoulder.
"It’s a lot of pain right now," Morris said. "I ain’t never had nothing like this, so I don’t know how it’s going to be. I know I’ll be ready to go by Thursday. Right now, I’m in a lot of pain."
Morris is averaging 14.2 points and 7.1 assists per game this season. The Cyclones will begin postseason play Thursday at 8 p.m. in Kansas City against 6-seeded Oklahoma.