Coaches will always say that injuries are part of the game...any game or any sport.  Teams can't dwell on what could be but rather what is.  But loss of a key player can have major effects on the chemistry and success of any team.

In the case of the Binghamton Bearcats men's basketball team the loss of sophomore J.C. Show to a torn triceps tendon injury certainly is a case in point.  Show suffered the injury in off-season workouts and tried to play through the preseason drills and first dozen games of this year's basketball season with the pain and effects of the injury.

He was averaging 13.3 points per game when his season ended following the December 10th overtime loss to Loyola.  He was limited to four points in just 20 minutes of action in that contest.  In his last game prior to the Loyola contest he scored 14 points in a Bearcat win at Colgate.  It was in that game that he aggravated his existing injury and the next game versus Loyola the pain and immobility of the triceps tendon damage convinced him it was time to get it fixed. That's when he had his season-ending surgery.

Here's what the Bearcats did in the 12 games Show played in during the non-conference schedule.  Binghamton went 7-5 including a win over Central Connecticut in which he scored 34 points.  Show helped the Bearcats get wins on the road against St. Francis, Pa. and Long Beach State.

With Show out of the lineup Binghamton is just 5-9 and suffered through an 0-5 slate to open the America East schedule.  The wins and losses don't lie.  Show's loss has taken its toll on the Bearcat lineup. Other teams fight off major injuries and still do well but most of those teams have not had the long road back like the Bearcats men's basketball team. Such a loss for teams like Vermont and Albany would hurt.  The record shows what it has done to Binghamton.

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