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Monday, December 17, 2012

Long Island's Boyd out for the season

Things just got a little more interesting the Northeast Conference.

Long Island's Julian Boyd, the reigning Northeast Conference player of the year found out over the weekend that a torn ACL in his right knee has ended his season eight games in.

The talented Boyd has gone through something like this before.

Before the 2009-10 season, Boyd, who had been selected NEC rookie of the year, was told he had a heart condition known as noncompaction cardiomyopathy -- part of his heart was enlarged. There would be no activity of any kind for months. Finally he was cleared to resume playing basketball. He played like he did before the diagnosis. Many thought he played at a higher level and the Blackbirds won the conference tournament the last two years and the NCAA tournament berths that came with them.

Things were going well for Boyd in his senior season until a play near midcourt in the second half of a win at Rice last Wednesday.

Boyd went for a steal, got tangled up with some other players and his leg was bent the wrong way. Boyd knew he was hurt because of the pain. He was helped off the court. Nobody would know how bad it was until he underwent an MRI.

LIU is the favorite to win the NEC title.

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