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San Diego State loses forward to broken elbow suffered in exhibition win

Steve Fisher

San Diego State coach Steve Fisher talks about his team’s first round NCAA basketball tournament game against New Mexico State at a press conference Monday, March 17, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)


San Diego State lost a key member of its rotation on Friday night as 6-foot-6 sophomore wing Matt Shrigley broke his left elbow and will miss four weeks of action.

According to a report from Mark Zeigler of U-T San Diego, Shrigley has a “small fracture” in his non-shooting elbow. The injury occurred in the Aztecs’ exhibition win over Point Loma Nazarene as Shrigley was taken the floor and landed hard on the elbow after a mid-court steal and two-handed dunk attempt.

Shrigley made both ensuing free throws after a flagrant foul was called and was later pulled for the second half. San Diego State ultimately won the game 74-45.

This is a key loss for San Diego State because Shrigley provided them a valuable floor spacer that they desperately need. The Aztecs were 0-for-8 from the three-point line on Friday and have minimal shooting without Shrigley. As a freshman, the forward only averaged 15.8 minutes per game but he shot 35 percent from three-point range while averaging 5.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

With the Aztecs losing Shrigley’s perimeter spacing, how can San Diego State score with an offense that already has plenty of question marks?

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