Sophomore Derrick Henry has suffered from a season-ending knee injury this past Saturday during a match against Presbyterian. During the last three minutes of the game, Henry tore his his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Henry will require surgery to fix the injury. The sophomore is the Eagle’s leading scorer, averaging 11.4 points per game.
This blow to the Eagles follows a 64-57 loss to Presbyterian in Clinton. With the loss, the Eagles falls to a 5-8 record in the Big South and 11-14 overall. Both Winthrop and Presbyterian shot 54 percent throughout the whole game.
“I think in the first half, maybe the first 2 or 3 wars, the first 12 minutes of the game I think it boils down to we didn’t have enough effort on the defensive end,” said head coach Pat Kelsey. “They set the tone.”
Junior Joab Jerome scored a career-high 20 points on 8-for-9 shooting while Henry added 12 points while shooting 5-for-11.
Though Presbyterian played an impressive first half and led the Eagles 35-28 at the half, Winthrop fought back during the second half. Junior Christian Farmer scored back to back three pointers to help decrease the 11-point difference between the score.
This is the second season-ending surgery in the past week and the third during the 2012-2013 season.
Last week, sophomore Larry Brown encountered a wrist injury that has also put him on the sideline for the remainder of the season. Eariler this season, Brandon Vega fell victim to a knee injury that also put him aside for the season.
There will be more news on Henry, Brown and the rest of the team as the story develops.
The Eagles will remain on the road, heading to Boiling Springs, N.C. to play Gardner-Webb next Tuesday, February 19 at 7 p.m.