After Friday’s 62-59 loss to Tennessee in the SECtournament Mississippi State players expressed shock and concern for Nick Weatherspoon. Sports editor Hugh Kellenberger wrote that officials did not protect an injured Weatherspoon, causing further injury.
ST. LOUIS — Nick Weatherspoon left Mississippi State’s SEC tournament game against Tennessee on Friday after suffering an apparent neck injury and was taken to a nearby hospital, the school announced.
Weatherspoon fell hard on the ground after going up for a layup in the first 30 seconds of the second half. He stayed on the floor, out of bounds and underneath the basket for two full possessions while clutching his right hip. Then as Tennessee’s Kyle Alexander contested a layup by Quinndary Weatherspoon, Alexander inadvertently stepped on Nick Weatherspoon’s face.
Play was finally stopped, some 14 seconds after the original fall.
At that point, Weatherspoon was kept still by athletic trainers and doctors. Play was stopped for several minutes while Weatherspoon was put on a stretcher. Ben Howland and Mississippi State players watched with looks of disbelief. Quinndary Weatherspoon (Nick’s brother), visibly upset, watched with a towel over his head.
Quinndary and Lamar Peters returned to the court with moist eyes when play resumed.
After Mississippi State’s 62-59 loss, Howland said that Weatherspoon was alert and moving all extremities. He is expected to have a CAT scan performed, and both Howland and Quinndary were scheduled to go to the hospital following media obligations.
Nick Weatherspoon was named to the SEC all-freshman team and was a finalist for the C Spire Howell Trophy, given to the top collegiate player in Mississippi. He had six points and four rebounds in the first half against Tennessee on Friday.
Both teams surrounding Nick Weatherspoon after they got him up on stretcher. pic.twitter.com/jqt3HGimz8
— Hugh Kellenberger (@HKellenbergerCL) March 10, 2018