Vermont guard TJ Long (20) is helped off the court...

Vermont guard TJ Long (20) is helped off the court after being injured during the second half of the team's first-round college basketball game against Duke in the men's NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 22, 2024, in New York. Duke won 64-47. Credit: AP/Mary Altaffer

NEW YORK — Vermont guard TJ Long injured his right leg late in the Catamounts' first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Duke and had to be helped off the court.

Long, the team's leading scorer, grabbed a long pass and was in the clear to go up for an easy layup, but when he landed on his right leg, he lost control of the ball and went down to the floor in obvious pain with 1:18 left in the game and Duke in control.

He laid face-down for several minutes as athletic trainers attended to him, eventually rolling onto his back. He was helped off and immediately went to the locker room, putting no weight on his leg.

He was later seen leaving the locker room on crutches.

Long is a junior from Rockville Centre, New York, not too far from where Vermont was playing Duke at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The Blue Devils won 64-47.

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