Serna Day-to-Day After X-Rays on Injured Right Hand are Negative

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior forward Jaimé Serna, who injured his right hand and wrist in the second half of the Gauchos' Thursday night Big West Conference win over Cal State Fullerton, is day-to-day after x-rays on Friday were negative. 

With just over 12 minutes remaining to play in UCSB's 77-64 win over the Titans, Serna went down hard to the floor after scoring on a driving layup.  His right hand hit hard and after some time on the floor, he went to the bench where he was examined by the Gauchos' team physician and athletic trainer.  He did not return to the game.

On Friday morning, Serna had x-rays and was examined by Dr. Richard Ryu.  The x-rays were negative and it was determined that Serna suffered a bruised right hand and slightly sprained right wrist.  His status is day-to-day based on pain tolerance and range of motion in the wrist. 

"We are obviously very relieved," said UCSB head coach Bob Williams.  "Jaimé is a very important part of our team and we look forward to getting him back when he is cleared and feels comfortable." 

Serna had eight points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes against Fullerton.  He is averaging 9.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game and leads UCSB in field goal percentage at 69.2%.

A positive for the Gauchos (7-5 overall, 2-0 in the Big West) is that they are off on Saturday and do not play again until Thursday, Jan. 12 when they travel to UC Riverside for a 7:00 p.m. game against the Highlanders.  UCSB returns home on Saturday, Jan. 14 to start a three-game homestand with a 7:00 p.m. game against UC Irvine. 

The Gauchos homestand will also include a Thursday, Jan. 19 game against Cal State Northridge and then a Saturday, Jan. 21 game against Big West Conference favorite Long Beach State.  The game against the 49ers, which will be a rematch of the last two league tournament championship games, will be televised by ESPNU and tip-off at 8:00 p.m.

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