Carl Hall returns to Shocker lineup
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A doctor has cleared Wichita State's Carl Hall to return to the basketball team, so long as he can handle the discomfort in his thumb.
Hall, a 6-foot-8 senior forward, missed four weeks and seven games with the broken thumb.
"He's certainly a big part of our team," said Coach Gregg Marshall. "He was our leading scorer, our leading rebounder and, in many ways, our emotional leader."
Hall's return could not have come at a better time, after a sloppy loss at Evansville and two home games with week, including a Saturday afternoon matchup with No. 12 Creighton.
Marshall said he and his coaching staff will continue to focus on taking care of the ball.
"Now we've lost a game because of turnovers, so maybe it'll sink in," Marshall said.
The Shockers fared well in Hall's absence, winning six of seven games during a span in which the team was missing three of its top five players.
Sophomore guard Evan Wessel is missing the rest of the season with a broken pinky and redshirt freshman Ron Baker is still sidelined with a broken foot.
Sunday's loss knocked the 15-2 Shockers out of the top 25.