Saint Mary's defensive standout Stephen Holt will be sidelined at least the next two weeks with a partial tear to his MCL and a bone bruise. The injury occurred during Wednesday night's loss to Loyola Marymount and leaves the Gaels severely shorthanded heading into Saturday's Bracket Buster showdown at Murray State.
Reached by phone Thursday night Holt confirmed to Comcast Sportsnet that he did not travel with the team for the game but that the injury will not require surgery. Additionally, doctors have informed him this type of injury normally takes six weeks to heal. Nonetheless, Holt remains hopeful that his season is not over.
He plans on rehabbing the injury as much as possible over the next two weeks and will be re-evaluated in advance of the WCC Tournament.
The guard played 16 minutes against LMU before he was involved in a collision chasing down a loose ball. He was seen with an air cast later in the game and left with the aid of crutches.
Holt leads both the Gaels and the WCC in steals this season with 49 through 27 games played. He is averaging 10.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 32.6 minutes per game in his sophomore season.