Beekman expected to bounce back from injury
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (CBS19 SPORTS)-- It's that time of the year again. No, not the holiday season but the time of year where injuries start to pop up. UVA is now 2 months into the season and it's starting to show, most notably with junior guard Reece Beekman.
Just 4 minutes into action against JMU Beekman came out of the game with a right hamstring injury. Beekman was already hobbling with an ankle injury from Florida State, making it unclear if he would be back to full strength for Saturday's match up against no. 5 Houston.
There was not just a collective sigh of relief but a roar from the sold out JPJ crow when Beekman's name was called in the starting lineup. Though he played 33 minute, there was no denying he didn't look his normal self. The dynamic bursts of power Beekman usually exerts while driving to the basket were missing Saturday. But as far as injuries go, a strained hamstring isn't the end of the world, and for a guy as athletic and young as Beekman, Tony Bennett is confident he'll be able to bounce back.
"We tried to use timeouts and all that stuff but he just was more tired," explained head coach Tony Bennett, "Tomorrow will be an important day obviously we have a quick turnaround but with a hamstring or a strain like that they just get better over time you just hope they don't get in a comprising position where you re-aggregate it. You're always a little susceptible but those things can hang around for a little while. All us older people know what a pulled hammy is like and how long it takes us which hopefully it won't for a guy in his prime"
The junior guard has been averaging 10 points, 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals this season, and it's this offensive force the 'Hoos will be looking for as they face their next test on the road against Miami on Tuesday.