Malcolm Moore drove the baseline, jumped into the air and seemed to land on someone's foot.
And, just like that, his season could be lost.
Hopefully, not. But Moore went down, writhing in pain. Trainer Tony Cordova was there quickly. UTEP coach Tim Floyd stopped play and you could hear a pin drop -- aside from Moore's painful groans.
The official report is that he will have an MRI Saturday. Worst fears are — and hopefully those fears are wrong — is that it is a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The dreaded torn ACL is a season-ender.
Moore is one of those workhorse players, going full speed all the time, just working and working and working. His effort is appreciated.
You see injuries all the time. They are part of the game. Normally, when a player lands on another's foot (and it happens pretty often in basketball) it results in a turned ankle. This one is worse.
Maybe, just maybe, the preliminary fears are wrong. Maybe it is not as bad as feared. But it does not look good.