Shantay Legans to Miss USC Game
Feb. 22, 2002
BERKELEY - Cal junior point guard Shantay Legans will sit out Saturday's game against No. 20 USC Saturday due to a concussion he suffered in Thursday's contest vs. UCLA.
Legans, who averages 7.2 points and 3.9 assists for the Bears, sustained the injury in the closing minutes of Cal's 69-51 win over the Bruins. With 2:44 left in the game, UCLA's Matt Barnes knocked Legans to the floor with his forearm, and Legans sustained the concussion when his head hit the ground. Barnes received a one-game suspension for the incident.
'Obviously, it's a big loss for us,' Cal head coach Ben Braun said. 'I know how badly Shantay wanted to play in this game. But our team will have to reach back, as it has had to do all year.'
Legans' status for next week's games at Arizona State and Arizona will be determined early in the week.
Braun said that sophomore A.J. Diggs would start in Legans' place. Diggs started five consecutive games earlier this season from Jan. 12 (at Oregon State) to Jan. 26 (at UCLA). He had eight points, an assist and two steals in the first contest vs. the Trojans Jan. 24 in Los Angeles, a game the Bears won 92-91 in overtime.
Cal enters Saturday's game 19-6 overall and tied for fourth place in the Pac-10 with a 10-5 record, just one game out of first.