Tech backup likely sidelined for season with wrist injury

Georgia Tech will most likely be without a key backup for the remainder of the season. Forward Abdoulaye Gueye, the primary sub for center Ben Lammers, fractured his left wrist in the Yellow Jackets’ loss to Clemson on Wednesday. Coach Josh Pastner said that it’s a long shot that he would be able to return to play later this season.

Tech plays at Wake Forest Saturday.

“He’s starting to play pretty well for us,” Pastner said Friday. “It’s a big loss for us, there’s no doubt.”

Gueye has averaged 10.1 minutes per game this season, with 1.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Without Gueye, Pastner may have to squeeze even more playing time out of Lammers, who is averaging a team-high 35 minutes per game, long minutes for a 6-foot-10 center.

For Saturday’s game, Pastner said that point guard Justin Moore is doubtful to play with an abdominal injury. Moore has started 18 games and is averaging 22.9 minutes per game. Guard Tadric Jackson and forward Quinton Stephens, who were both limited in the Clemson game with ankle injuries, and guard Josh Heath, who was also limited because of sickness, are all expected to play against Wake Forest.

It isn’t unusual for Pastner to give nearly all of the playing time to six or seven players in a game, sometimes including Gueye or Moore.

“We’re hanging by a thread in terms of depth,” Pastner said. “However, I know the guys are going to give us great energy, effort and execution and that gives us our only chance to try to have success.”