UNIVERSITY PARK, PA., Oct. 29, 2009 - The Nittany Lion basketball team suffered its first set-back of the season on Wednesday when 6-6, 235-pound freshman forward Bill Edwards (Middletown, Ohio) suffered a partial tear to the MCL in his right knee during a morning practice.
Team doctors expect Edwards to miss 4-6 weeks with the injury making his scheduled return to the line-up sometime in mid-December. Edwards, who was named the 2009 Ohio Senior Player of the Year after averaging 17.4 ppg and 9.0 rpg as a senior, had been impressive in the preseason with a smooth left-handed shot from the three-point arc and strength taking the ball into the lane and was expected to earn playing time early in the Nittany Lions season.
Penn State will take the floor on Friday, Nov. 6 at the Bryce Jordan Center when they take on Slippery Rock in exhibition action. That game will tip off at 6:00 p.m. and will be held prior to "Rally in the Valley" with coach Joe Paterno and the Penn State football team in the Jordan Center. The Nittany Lion football team takes on Ohio State on Saturday, Nov. 7 in Beaver Stadium. Both the Nittany Lions' exhibition basketball game and "Rally in the Valley" in its entirety can be seen on the BigTenNetwork.com.