The Daily Aztec

Tapley and Shelton go down in win

by Edward Lewis

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.

Email This Story

Tapley and Shelton

File Photo

Steve Fisher forgot to knock on wood.

On Friday, the San Diego State men’s basketball head coach talked about how fortunate his team was to not have any significant injuries this late in the season.

“We are, health wise, in pretty good shape physically,” he said.


A little more than five minutes into the game against TCU on Saturday night, sophomore guard Chase Tapley was writhing on the floor underneath the basket, holding his ankle. A few minutes later, junior forward Tim Shelton was hobbling off the court too. Tapley injured his ankle, Shelton his foot.

Both returned to the court in the second half wearing protective boots.

“I was definitely worried,” Gay said when he saw Tapley take the hard fall following a missed layup. “It’s hard to see your teammate go down like that. I asked him how he felt at halftime and he said it was a sprain. He’s going to be fine. But we needed him out there tonight.”

Heading into the game, Tapley was averaging 25.4 minutes per night and Shelton was averaging 11.6. Fisher didn’t know immediately after the game the severity of the two injuries and said he would talk to the doctors after he met with the media.

Sophomore guard James Rahon filled in for Tapley, playing 33 minutes, scoring seven points. Jamaal Franklin and Brian Carlwell were used off the bench with Shelton out.

“It’s hard to replace guys like Chase and Tim,” Gay said. “But we do have players that can fill in and do a great job for this team. It’s just adversity that we’re facing.”

The two don’t have long to heal up. No. 6 / 7 SDSU (23-1) will take on Utah Tuesday night at Viejas Arena.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Leave a Comment

Commenting on our site is a privilege. We want our readers to add their point of view to every story but ask that they keep their comments relevant to the topic at hand. We will remove comments and possibly ban users who do the following: (1) Use vulgar or racist language, (2) Threaten harm of any sort to staff, commenters or the subject of an article, and (3) Leave spam in their comment. If you have questions about these rules, please contact our Editor in Chief at:

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.