STORRS - The UConn men played without guard Alterique Gilbert, forward Isaiah Whaley and center Eric Cobb in Wednesday’s comeback victory over Columbia.
Gilbert aggravated an old shoulder injury in the Huskies’ last game; Whaley had his wisdom teeth removed Tuesday; and Cobb has now missed four straight games with a high ankle sprain.
Gilbert, who missed all but three games last season after injuring his shoulder, has perhaps the most serious issue.
“We’re just going to keep evaluating ‘Rique. We wanted to make sure he’s going to be OK,” said coach Kevin Ollie, who added some of the questions surround Gilbert’s pain tolerance and isn’t sure what the next step is with his recovery.
Whaley actually donned his uniform in the second half after sitting on the bench in street clothes during the first half, but Ollie decided not to insert him into the game.
The announced attendance for Wednesday’s game was 3,808, a paltry portion of the 10,167 seats in Gampel Pavilion. Though UConn officials did not provide an immediate answer, it is believed to be the smallest crowd ever in the building for a men’s basketball game.
Ollie was asked about it after the game but said he wasn’t concerned.
“The only thing I’m concerned about is getting healthy,” Ollie said. “I appreciated the thirty-eight (hundred) that came.”