Hawks' Wilson battling through ankle injury

St. Joseph’s point guard Chris Wilson struggled shooting in Wednesday’s 62-56 win over Massachusetts at Hagan Arena, but there as it turns out, he has been less than 100 percent the past two games.

Wilson injured his left ankle during the Hawks 66-55 win over visiting Fordham on Jan. 14. In the next game, Sunday’s 70-61 loss at St. Bonaventure, he shot 0 for 3 in 23 minutes.

Against UMass, he played 32 minutes and scored four points, hitting 1 of 7 from the field and missing all five three-point attempts.

“Right now I can’t really plant on it,” Wilson said. “I really can’t go to the basket and push of it so mainly I am trying to distribute.”

It’s the type of injury that needs rest, but as the lone senior starter, Wilson said that isn’t an option at this point.

“I am one of the leaders on this team and I don’t want to be sitting out,” Wilson said. “It is really frusting especially the St. Bonaventure game, I couldn’t do much but it was a little better today.”

He said cutting is the hardest thing to do.

“I am just trying to do what I can and get healthy by Saturday,” Wilson said, referring to the Hawks game at the Palestra against Penn. “Right now I feel limited.”

He said it doesn’t’ affect him shooting, but he pointed out that he has had a hard time getting open and also going by his man when he gets the ball in transition.

“A set shot is really the only thing that is pain-free,” he said. “As long as we are winning I will do what I can.”