With leading scorer and point guard Cullen Neal sidelined with an ankle injury that will be reevaluated when the team returns to Albuquerque, New Mexico head coach Craig Neal has been forced to make a couple adjustments to his lineup. One was to have senior Hugh Greenwood spend more time initiating offense as the point guard, and the other was to move Arthur Edwards into the starting lineup.
Edwards made his second start Sunday in the Lobos’ 64-51 loss to Texas A&M, and with just over four minutes left in the game injured his hand in a collision with Texas A&M’s Jalen Jones. Edwards broke a bone in his hand, and the details of the injury are a bit gruesome. Geoff Grammer of the Albuquerque Journal wrote the following on the situation:
Craig Neal said after the game a bone in Edwards’ hand had broken and was sticking out of the skin as he walked toward the end of the bench. Like Cullen Neal, more details on that injury and a timetable on how long he’ll be out of the lineup will be known later this week.
New Mexico dropped two of its three games at the Puerto Rico Tipoff, but what’s of greater concern is the team’s health as they return home. The hope is that they receive good news on both Edwards and Neal, with their next game scheduled for Sunday, November 30 against USC. If those two have to sit out an extended amount of time, players such as Deshawn Delaney and Jordan Goodman become even more important than they already are.
Delaney’s averaging 11.2 points per game this season, and in the last two games he’s averaged 14.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. As for Goodman, after scoring 19 points in New Mexico’s win over George Mason he accounted for just five on Sunday. He’ll need to be more consistent as the Lobos look to string together some wins heading into the start of Mountain West play.