Josh Gray leaves SHSU game with ankle injury

Starting point guard Josh Gray missed almost the entire second half of Saturday night's win with an ankle injury. See what Johnny Jones had to say about Gray's status following the game.

LSU got the win Saturday night, 76-67, in a sleepy home game versus Sam Houston State, but the Tigers may have lost their starting point guard for a while.

A hobbled Josh Gray left the ballgame with 16:30 remaining in the second half, helped to the locker room by student assistant Ronald Dupree after suffering an ankle injury.

Gray, who had four points and three assists in 16 minutes of action at the time, did not return.

"We are not sure yet," coach Johnny Jones said following the game when asked of Gray's status. "It will probably be another couple of days. We are off tomorrow. Hopefully they'll take a look at him on Monday. He will be able to allow whatever swelling he has to go down to make sure that they make a true assessment on what they feel is going on."

Without Gray, sophomore Tim Quarterman manned the point for the Tigers, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds and four assists. Jones said in the event Gray is on the shelf that Quarterman would continue to be replacement option number one.

"I think we'd have to certainly give Tim the primary minutes if Josh is not available," explained Jones. "Jalyn Patterson would possibly be the next player that we'd have to take a look at at that position going forward."

Jones isn't assuming the news will be bad on Gray, but the third-year coach also isn't running away from the concept of getting extra minutes for reserves anyway down this final stretch of non-conference play.

"Doctors always have to really make those calls. They'll tell us if he [Gray] is ready. I'll trust the advice they'll give us," continued Jones. "We have to do a really good job these next few weeks to incorporate some guys that are very capable to give us some minutes as well."

Coming into tonight Gray, who has started all nine games for the Tigers, was LSU's leader in assists with 4.9 a game. He was also scoring 12.0 points per game, fourth on the team, and pulling down an average of 3.4 rebounds.

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