Syracuse sophomore forward discusses abdominal strain that cost him two games

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After missing Syracuse’s comfortable wins over Loyola (MD) and Holy Cross with an abdominal strain, 6-foot-8 sophomore forward Tyler Roberson made his return to the lineup Tuesday night in the Orange’s 68-65 loss to Michigan. Roberson played just 12 minutes Tuesday night, scoring five points and grabbing one rebound.

Thursday Roberson discussed the impact the injury had on him from a mobility standpoint, according to Donna Ditota of the Syracuse Post-Standard.

“I was trying to play through it early in the season but I felt like I wasn’t so effective,” he said. “So I decided to sit out some games. The injury prevented me from being explosive, or really running full-speed, so I was basically like playing almost halfway out there.”

Senior Rakeem Christmas and freshman Chris McCullough, who are also the team’s top two scorers, will lead the way in the front court for Syracuse. But given the lack of a bonafide “star” the Orange will need contributions from a number of players if they’re to contend in the ACC.

One of the supplementary options is Roberson, who through five games is averaging 6.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest. He’s one of three reserves averaging between 6.2 and 6.7 points per game, with guards Michael Gbinije and B.J. Johnson being the others.