One blind-side screen put the rest of Marcel Mosley’s basketball season in doubt.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff coach George Ivory said Wednesday whether the junior shooting guard, the Golden Lions’ scoring leader, would return with at least two games remaining was not yet determined. Ivory also revealed that Mosley broke his jaw in three places on a blind-side screen during Saturday’s 62-51 win at Grambling State, but not before he finished with a game-high 22 points.
Mosley did not play in Monday’s 66-59 win at Jackson State.
“Right now, he’s got three breaks,” Ivory said. “His chin is the one that’s messed up the most, and then he’s got a crack on his (left) side of the jaw and got a crack right by his (left) ear.”
Doctors wired up Mosley’s jaw Tuesday and are expected to put plates in his mouth Thursday, according to Ivory. He’ll miss Saturday’s regular-season finale at home against Mississippi Valley State and could miss next week’s SWAC tournament in Houston.
“We hope he do (come back), but we doubt it,” Ivory said.
UAPB (12-17, 10-7 SWAC) didn’t seem to lose its rhythm at Jackson State. Four of its starters scored in double figures — Tevin Hammond and Davon Haynes with 16 points each, Daniel Broughton with 12 and Trent Whiting, who got the starting nod for Mosley, with 10.
It’s a sign that no one player is burdened with stepping up on the offensive end alone.
“It’s going to take a team responsibility,” Hammond said. “The whole team’s going to have to pick it up with Marcel missing. I’m very confident about that.”
Ivory moved the 6-foot-8 Broughton to the wing to give the Lions another long-range shooter against an opposing zone. Broughton made 5 of 6 field goals, 2 of 3 from three-point range.
Saturday will mark Broughton’s final game inside H.O. Clemmons Arena and likely the last one for guard Chandler Savage and Haynes. Savage and Haynes are trying to receive another season of eligibility since they did not play four years.
“I’m pretty sure it’s going to be an emotional night,” said Haynes, who hasn’t scored fewer than 15 points in his last four games as his fractured shooting hand continues to heal. “I’m pretty sure I’m going to be thinking about it, but I’m just going to try to go in and get the win so we can go into the tournament with some confidence.”
Ivory said the Lions’ admittance into the SWAC tournament, which the conference officially announced last Saturday, has give the team more energy that they’ll need in Mosley’s absence.
“The get-up-and-go has been great,” Ivory said. “We have a great group of guys with great character, and I know they are very excited about the tournament. We have a chance to win the championship, and that’s what they wanted to play for.”
UAPB, which is a half-game behind Alabama State and Texas Southern for second place, will face Valley (9-21, 5-12) in a game of two teams who’ll go to Houston despite being banned from the NCAA tournament for a second straight year because of poor Academic Progress Rates. The Delta Devils have lost seven of eight after a three-game winning streak.