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C.J. McCollum, the Nation’s Leading Scorer, Injured in Loss to VCU

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Havoc claimed another victim on Saturday, but this time it was in the form of an injury.  Lehigh lost to VCU 59-55 in the Siegel Center, but the bigger loss may be CJ McCollum who went down with a foot injury in the first half.  The injury was seemingly innocent as the guard pulled up and limped a little bit.  He came back out to the bench in the second half disappointed and on crutches.

Those watching saw the guard tell a teammate that he thought he broke his foot.  He was averaging almost 26 points per game before the injury.  Ironically, he missed his first game of his college career December 20th against North Texas when NBA scouts were there to check him and Tony Mitchell out.  McCollum managed 15 minutes on Saturday afternoon scoring just four points, all from the free-throw line.

No official word on the severity of the injury, but if it is a broken foot, then it’s a shame to have a career end like that.  He came back because he said there was unfinished business after beating Duke last year.  Lehigh had a shot to make the tournament again this year out of the Patriot League which figures to be a two man race with Bucknell as well.  The Bison nearly beat Missouri today which would have been a huge win for their program.

VCU added another pelt to their already impressive early start which included conquests of Memphis and Belmont.  The Rams were touted as the most underrated team in America by Jay Bilas of ESPN.  They have the chance to win the Atlantic-10 in their first season there.  An injury to one of the best players in America overshadowed a solid match-up between two Cinderellas of the past on Saturday.