Baylor senior forward Terry Maston will undergo surgery for a broken right hand on Thursday and is expected to be out until January.
Maston suffered the injury in the early minutes of the second half of the No. 16 Bears’ 76-63 loss to No. 21 Xavier on Tuesday night in Cincinnati. It was Baylor’s first loss of the season after five straight wins.
Maston had come off the bench to score 15 first-half points on seven of nine field goals. For the season, Maston is Baylor’s third-leading scorer with an 11.0 average, the second-leading rebounder with 8.6 per game, and leads the team with a 60.0 field goal percentage.
With the loss of Maston, the Bears have just seven healthy scholarship players heading into Saturday’s 1 p.m. game against No. 8 Wichita State at the Ferrell Center.
Following the Wichita State game, the Bears play five more nonconference games in December, including Sam Houston State, Randall, Texas Southern, Savannah State and Southern. The Bears open Big 12 play against Texas Tech in Lubbock on Dec. 29.
The Bears are hoping that redshirt freshman guard Tyson Jolly will be cleared to play this month after dealing with an undisclosed medical issue. The addition of Jolly would put the Bears back at eight healthy scholarship players.
Hand, elbow and wrist specialist Dr. Scott Hecox of Southwest Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics will perform the surgery on Maston.