UNC's Hairston recovering, doubtful for Saturday
Posted January 30, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — University of North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston is improving after suffering a concussion Tuesday but remains doubtful for Saturday's game, according to the school.
Hairston scored 14 points in 12 minutes in the first half against Boston College during a 82-70 win, but left the game with a little over four minutes to play in the first half after a collision under the basket with teammate Dexter Strickland.
“We’re certainly pleased that P.J. is feeling better, but it is unlikely that he will play on Saturday,” said UNC athletics trainer Chris Hirth.
Hairston was taken off the court on a stretcher after he could not stand with teammate assistance following the collision. He returned to the bench for much of he second half with a towel draped over his head only to retire to the dressing room with about six minutes remaining in the game.
He returned to Chapel Hill with the team Tuesday and was evaluated again by UNC doctors on Wednesday afternoon.
Hairston’s status for Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech is “doubtful.” A decision on whether or not he plays against the Hokies will not be made until Saturday morning.
For the season, Hairston is third on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game and is second in three-pointers made with 43.