New Mexico guard Senque Carey was expected to be a cornerstone for the Lobos. Now coaches and teammates are just hoping he’ll walk again.
Carey drew a charge from Northwestern State’s Byron Allen with 7:41 left in the first half of the Lobos win on Nov. 25, knocking Carey to the floor. He lay flat on his back, virtually motionless for 10 minutes while physicians treated the senior.
He was placed in a neck brace and taken out of The Pit, New Mexico’s arena, on a stretcher. While Carey had no motion from his neck down when he arrived at New Mexico University Hospital, he regained use of his arms and hands the next day.
“It was a freak deal,” said New Mexico assistant coach Scott Didrickson. “It wasn’t a hard collision. We’re just hoping right now that he’ll be OK.”