Dec. 19, 2001
Cook originally suffered the ligament damage in practice during the preseason. He sat out the team's two exhibition games, but played in the first six games of the regular season. Prior to UCSB's December 8 game against Pepperdine, Cook re-injured the thumb and did not play as the Gauchos posted a 68-51 win. This week, team doctor's determined that the thumb had not sufficiently improved and that Cook should not take part in practice or games for an indefinite period of time.
"Casey tried to give it go, but the thumb just hasn't gotten any better," said Williams. "We will let the doctors make the determination on what direction we go from here, but as of now, he is out indefinitely."
As a freshman, Cook played in all 28 of UCSB's games, averaging 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds. In his six games this season, he averaged 3.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. In a win at San Francisco on November 24, Cook had five points and a team-leading eight rebounds in 21 minutes, and in a loss at USC on November 26, he had eight points and six rebounds, also in 21 minutes. In the next three games, however, Cook was limited to a total of 21 minutes and, of course, he did not play at all in the win over Pepperdine.