The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team will be without its best player for at least the first week of the season.
Senior forward Blake Hamilton suffered a broken bone in his left hand – his non-shooting hand – in the past week or so. It’s a four- to six-week injury.
Hamilton is expected to miss the season-opening game at Niagara on Nov. 11. His status for the second game, at Xavier on Nov. 14, figures to be in doubt. If he missed the Xavier game, the Bulls’ next game against a Division I opponent is not until Nov. 23 when the team travels to the Great Alaska Shootout. That would be more than six weeks since he suffered the injury.
Hamilton averaged 13.1 points and 7.1 rebounds last season and made third-team all-Mid-American Conference. His three-point shot in the final seconds won the MAC title game against Akron and sent UB to its second straight NCAA Tournament.
According to a UB spokesman, Hamilton isn’t sure when the break in the hand occurred. Soreness in the hand prompted him to seek treatment on it.