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Short-handed UIW routed by Central Arkansas

January 17, 2019

Nursing a broken left hand, UIW sophomore Christian Peevy played the first half of Wednesday’s game wearing a brace. The protective padding prevented him from catching and handling the ball as smoothly as he wanted, so he left the brace in the locker room at halftime, playing the second half with his hand exposed.

“It’s definitely a risk,” Peevy said. “Even me being on the floor is a risk. Doctors told me that. It’s still broken. They said if you fall, it’s going to be probably way worse, and you might have to get surgery and all that. But that’s a risk I’m willing to take for my team. They need me.”

Despite Peevy’s effort, short-handed UIW was unable to hold up through another injury, losing 77-60 to Central Arkansas at the McDermott Center.

The Cardinals haven’t run five-on-five drills in practice the past couple weeks, typically dressing just seven or eight players for games.

On Wednesday, freshman guard Morgan Taylor was added to the injured list, sitting out for the first time this season after pinching a nerve in his shoulder Saturday against Sam Houston State. Taylor entered the night as the Cardinals’ leader in points and assists.

“That was a big impact. Morgan is huge for us,” Peevy said. “He’s a great player. When he’s not on the floor, it’s really felt.”

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