OSU’s Turner to miss 2 months with broken back

Ohio State’s Evan Turner, the early frontrunner for National Player of the Year, will miss the next two months with a fracture of his back.

Turner was injured when he fell onto his back on a dunk attempt early in the Buckeyes’ rout over Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon.

According to the school, he suffered a transverse process fracture on the second and third lumbar vertebra of his spine.

“My primary concern right now is Evan’s long-term health and well-being,” Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach said in a statement. “Evan was to this point in the season the best player in college basketball. We have been through tough situations before and our guys will regroup and prepare for the rest of our season starting with Butler next week in Indianapolis.”

Turner went to the Ohio State Medical Center for tests. He was released and is home resting.

Turner entered the game averaging 20.6 points, 12.9 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game and had already recorded a pair of triple-doubles — just the second and third in school history — for the Buckeyes.