Beverly Leaves Game With Back Injury

Brett Friedlander

Braxton Beverly left NC State's basketball game against The Citadel midway through the first half Sunday with a back issue and will not return.

Beverly apparently was hit in the lower back while playing defense with just under 12 minutes remaining in the half. After a Citadel basket, he took an inbound pass from teammate Manny Bates, but immediately signaled to an official that he needed to come out of the game.

He went directly to the end of the bench and after a short consult with a trainer, was taken back to the Wolfpack locker room.

According to coach Kevin Keatts, the injury didn't appear to be serious.

"I think Braxton's got a bruise on the back side between his ribs and his back," Keatts said after the game. "I don't have anything else other than that. Hopefully he'll be fine by the tinme we play Appalachian State on the 29th."

Beverly missed the only shot he took -- a 3-pointer -- before leaving the game, finishing with one rebound, one assist and one steal in seven minutes of action.

For the season he averages 8.9 points and is shooting 44.7 percent from 3-point range.

No word has been given as to the extent of his injury or how long he might be out. The Wolfpack doesn't play again until next Sunday against Appalachian State.