Cisse was defending a drive to the basket and as he attempted to plant his left foot it appeared to twist his foot, sending him to the ground in pain. He clutched the ankle for a minute, tried to get up with help from a couple of teammates but was unable to do so.
Eventually, a Oklahoma State trainer was able to help him off the floor, but Cisse was putting little weight on the ankle. He took a seat on the bench to be evaluated. He did not return for the rest of the first half.
He left the game after playing eight minutes, scoring six points and grabbing two rebounds. He was reportedly being re-evaluated at halftime.
With Oklahoma State up 42-36 with 12:22 left in the second half, Cisse returned to the game for the first time since the injury.
Cisse has been one of the more productive forwards in the Big 12 this season. Coming off a 2021-22 in which he was name one of the league’s Defensive Players of the Year, he was averaging 8.2 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots in 13 games entering Monday’s contest.
Entering the game Cisse was leading the Big 12 in rebounding and blocked shots.
The Cowboys (8-5, 0-1 in Big 12) were coming a 69-67 loss to Kansas on Saturday in their Big 12 opener. The Cowboys led the game at halftime by 15 points before the Jayhawks rallied to win the game.
West Virginia (10-3, 0-1), like Oklahoma State, lost its conference opener, falling to Kansas State, 82-76, in overtime on Saturday. Both teams were seeking to avoid starting league action with an 0-2 record.
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