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Lyons battling through shoulder issues; Stewart looking doubtful for Senior Day

Published: February 27, 2012, 9:03 pm, by admin

Air Force guard Michael Lyons has dealt with a few health-related issues this season, including pain in both shoulders.

Lyons reinjured himself against UNLV when he got hit going up for a shot, and went to the bench in obvious pain – although he returned shortly after. Earlier this season he had a similar issue, and had to come out of the game before he could shoot his second of two free throws.

After Saturday’s game, Lyons looked like he was ready for spring football practice as he wore huge ice bags on both shoulders underneath his warmup shirt.

“Pretty much this whole season,” Lyons said. “It goes away like a week after it happens, then I feel fine. Then I get hit and it comes back.”

Lyons said he would be fine for Wednesday’s game against New Mexico. The Falcons need their leading scorer. Coach Dave Pilipovich said about Lyons, “we’re going to ride him here until the end.”

“He’s taken a lot of hits this year,” Pilipovich said. “I think he’s a little worn down, but I think everybody is at this point in the season. He’s got to fight through, rehab, recharge and play.”

The Falcons might not get forward Taylor Stewart back by the regular-season finale, which is Senior Day at Clune Arena. He rehabilitated with the trainers this weekend and was a little further away from returning than the Falcons hoped, Pilipovich said. Pilipovich said he wanted Stewart to be able to dress for Saturday’s game, whether he plays or not.

“If he wants to, I think it would be a neat thing,” Pilipovich said. “I think you need to finish your career in uniform rather than be in sweats. So hopefully we can do that.”