Lions pick up slack for injured Haynes


Since Davon Haynes fractured his right hand, Arkansas-Pine Bluff has won five of eight games.

Haynes hasn’t missed any games, but the senior forward from Detroit would like to be more effective for the Golden Lions with five games remaining. The Golden Lions’ leading scorer before the injury, he has not reached double-digit points in the past five games.

“It’s been pretty frustrating, but my teammates have been picking the slack up,” said Haynes, who still averages 12.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. “We were winning, so I’m not having much of a problem with it.”

Part of the reason Haynes hasn’t scored as much is that he recently re-aggravated the shooting hand. He wasn’t sure when he did, but he hasn’t scored at least 10 points since the Grambling State game on Feb. 1.

UAPB coach George Ivory said Thursday that Haynes’ status was day-by-day for tonight’s home game against Prairie View A&M. Haynes has been sporting a new, harder cast on his hand.

If Haynes, who did not score in Monday’s loss at Alcorn State, is unavailable or plays limited minutes, the Lions won’t use his injury as an excuse for not coming out on top. A big reason for the five-game winning streak before Monday’s game was the other Lions’ ability to step up, Ivory said.

Junior guard Marcel Mosley was named SWAC Player of the Week after scoring 28 points in a win at Southern and 16 against Alcorn State. Freshman guard Ghiavonni Robinson had a season-high 15 points in his last outing. Bench scoring has improved since the UAPB reserves went scoreless at Texas Southern on Jan. 27.

“We played better offense,” Ivory said. “Anytime you’re making baskets, you have an opportunity to win games. We’ve limited our turnovers. And I think with the way we’ve been playing together, Marcel has been coming along, scoring the ball great for us.”

Said Haynes: “We’re not just focused on one player. We’ve got multiple guys who can score.”

So does Prairie View, which has the conference’s third-leading scorer in junior guard Montrael Scott (15.3 points per game). He had 28 points in the teams’ first meeting, a 71-62 Prairie View win on Jan. 25.

But junior guard John Brisco has led the Panthers the past two games with 20- and 22-point performances against Jackson State and Grambling State, respectively.

Both the Lions and Panthers are going for a bounce-back victory tonight. Prairie View, which is just a win behind fifth-place UAPB in SWAC standings, was stunned 83-81 at home Monday to last-place Grambling State, only the second conference win for the Tigers this season.