San Diego State players, coaches fighting stomach bug
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) San Diego State ended up battling a lot more than just Duke and star freshman Jahlil Okafor.
Team spokesman Mike May said several team members had a stomach bug, including head coach Steve Fisher, leading up to Sunday's 68-49 loss in the NCAA Tournament's round of 32.
The trouble began when senior guard Aqeel Quinn came down with what the team thought was a case of food poisoning after eating a turkey sandwich on Thursday.
Head athletic trainer Tom Abdenour said he started hearing that others weren't feeling well by Saturday evening.
''Coach Fisher said he wasn't feeling well after practice, then ... there's a text from this one, text from that one,'' he said. ''It was, `Wait a second, what's going on here?'''
Abdenour said Fisher and assistant coach Brian Dutcher needed IVs on Sunday, while several players told him they weren't feeling well at breakfast.
Abdenour, who spent more than two decades as head athletic trainer with the NBA's Golden State Warriors, said the list included senior Dwayne Polee II, junior Angelo Chol, and freshmen Kevin Zabo and Malik Pope; as well as assistant David Velasquez, and director of basketball operations Matt Soria.
Abdenour said radio play-by-play announcer Ted Leitner was also battling the bug.
''That's not fun to deal with that, but that had no impact on how we competed, what we did, how we played,'' Fisher said. ''That had no bearing on it.''