Feb. 1, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. -
St. John's senior forward Justin Brownlee suffered a fracture in his left thumb midway through the second half against Duke, but was treated on Monday and is not expected to miss any time at this point, head coach Steve Lavin announced on Tuesday.
Brownlee fractured the distal phalange on his left thumb when he collided with a Duke player in the game on Sunday. He continued to play in the game, logging 36 minutes (19 in the second half), and finishing with 20 points on a 7-of-13 performance from the field and a 6-of-8 effort from the line, with nine rebounds, six assists and a steal.
An examination on Monday by the St. John's medical staff, led by 30-year Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine Ron Linfonte, A.T.C., called for x-rays, which revealed a non-displaced hairline fracture toward the end of Brownlee's left thumb. He was further examined Monday by hand specialist Michelle Carlson, M.D., of the Hospital for Special Surgery, who fitted his thumb with a fiberglass splint, and with the STJ Medical Staff, cleared Brownlee for activity in practices and game competition.
Brownlee, named the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival and Great Alaska Shootout Most Outstanding Player this season, has been in the starting lineup for 18 games in 2010-11 after making three starts last season. His 13.6 points per game rank second on the team and 18th among all BIG EAST players, and his .510 field goal percentage is 15th in the league and 72nd among all NCAA Division I players.
Brownlee and the Red Storm return to Queens to face area BIG EAST rival Rutgers on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Carnesecca Arena (9 p.m., SNY).