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Alcorn State star breaks leg, out for season

Reginal Johnson was the SWAC preseason Player of the Year.

Alcorn State star breaks leg, out for season

Courtesy: Alcorn State

Senior Reginal Johnson left Devlin Fieldhouse on a stretcher after breaking his leg Wednesday as the Alcorn State University men’s basketball program fell to Tulane 81-65.

Johnson is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Awkward landing

The Braves trailed 12-10 with 13:33 in the first half when Johnson landed awkwardly on the baseline after pulling down an offensive rebound. Johnson stayed down for over 15 minutes as an air cast was placed on his right leg. With his family, coaches, and teammates standing by, Johnson was taken off on the stretcher and transported to a nearby medical facility.

Johnson was Alcorn’s leader in both scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (4.4 rpg) this season. He was named the 2017-18 SWAC Preseason Player of the Year after being selected to the HBCU All-America Second-Team last year.

With the air taken out of the building after the stoppage, the Green Wave used a 27-1 run to leap ahead 31-11 with 5:51 left in the half.

The Braves played the final five minutes strong, and a tip-in by junior TyQuaylon Smith in the closing seconds cut the deficit to 42-29 heading into the break.

Tulane came out hot early in the second half and extended its advantage to 59-36 at the 15:12 mark. Alcorn fought the whole way and used a 9-2 spurt late to trail 75-62 with 4:13 to go after a lay-up by sophomore Devon Brewer.

Mosby tallied team-bests of 19 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Maurice Howard netted a season-high 12 points after drilling four three-pointers, and Brewer notched a career-high 10 points.

The Green Wave were guided by Cameron Reynolds who scored 28 points.

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