Miami Hurricanes guard Bruce Brown will miss the next two games with a hand injury per multiple reports. Freshman guard Lonnie Walker took Brown’s place in the starting lineup on Tuesday night against Boston University.
Jim Larranaga continued to go with a small lineup for the Miami Hurricanes. Joining Walker in the starting lineup against the Terriers were forwards Dewan Huell and Anthony Lawrence Jr and guards Ja’Quan Newton and D.J. Vasiljevic.
Brown leads the team in rebounding and assists through the first seven games of the season. He is posting 8.6 rebounds and five assists per game.
Walker and Chris Lykes figure to get most of Brown’s 32 plus minutes per game while he is out. The Freshmen have both contributed this season. They are sixth and seventh on Miami in scoring averaging 7.6 and seven points per game respectively.
Brown became the first Miami player to get a second triple-double in the season-opening win over Gardner-Webb. Brown is averaging 11.7 points per game this season. That’s down slightly from 11.8 PPG last season.
Brown’s injury was officially announced via Twitter on the Miami Hurricanes basketball Twitter account about three hours before Miami and Boston University tipped off on Tuesday night.
Bruce Brown Jr. will sit out the next two games with a left hand injury. He is expected back in time for the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.
— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) December 5, 2017
In Brown’s absence, Jim Larranaga is going to need Walker to become more assertive offensively. His freshman season has gotten off to a slow start. Walker has only scored in double figures in two games this season.
Huell, Lawrence and center Ebuka Izundu will have to make up for the loss of Brown’s rebounding. Huell has rebounded well from an inconsistent Freshman season. He leads Miami in scoring averaging 14.1 points per game. The 6’11 Sophomore from Miami Norland is averaging only 5.6 rebounds.
Lawrence is second on the team averaging seven rebounds per game. He also leads the team with a 47.4 three-point percentage.