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Roscoe Smith to miss Wednesday’s home game vs. SDSU because of concussion

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UNLV forward Roscoe Smith defends Colorado State guard Dwight Smith during their Mountain West Conference game Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won 78-70.

Rebel junior forward Roscoe Smith will miss Wednesday’s home game against No. 13 San Diego State after suffering a concussion in Saturday’s win at Air Force, UNLV announced tonight.

"Roscoe was evaluated today and was determined to have a concussion," UNLV coach Dave Rice said in a statement. “He will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, but he will miss Wednesday’s game against San Diego State.”

Smith exited Saturday’s game with 7:15 left in the second half and didn’t return. Following the game, Rice said Smith had thrown up after leaving the court. However, later that night, Rice told the Sun that Smith had the same stomach flu as freshman forward Christian Wood and that Smith would be evaluated in the next 24 hours.

Wood missed the Air Force game because of flu-like symptoms. He struggled through practice on Friday afternoon and then threw up on the flight to Denver later that night.

In Smith’s absence, it’s likely Carlos Lopez-Sosa will get the starting spot for senior night. As long as he's healthy, Wood will likely get the majority of the minutes at power forward against the Aztecs, who rank first in offense rebounding percentage during Mountain West games.

Smith had started every game this season and currently has 15 double-doubles, which ties with Khem Birch for the team lead and ranks top 10 in the country. Smith is averaging 11 points and 11 rebounds, the latter ranking fifth in the country.

His status likely will be updated after UNLV's practice Tuesday evening.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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