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UMass guard Jesse Morgan to miss rest of season with torn ACL

01.16.13 at 10:23 pm ET
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Junior guard Jesse Morgan, UMass’ second-leading scorer at 13.4 points per game, will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a torn ACL. Morgan suffered the injury during the Minutemen’s 70-62 loss at St. Louis on Thursday when he was driving to the basket and his right knee buckled.

“I feel bad for Jesse, obviously,” UMass coach Derek Kellogg told the Daily Hampshire Gazette. “He’s worked really hard to be one of our team leaders and one of our better players. To have an injury like that cost him the rest of his junior year is tough for him. It’s tough for our team to a certain extent. We have some other guys that are ready to step up and play for Jesse.”

Senior Freddie Riley has picked up the majority of available minutes in the last two games, starting Sunday’s 77-73 victory at Fordham and scoring 11 points.

The Minutemen (11-4, 1-1 Atlantic 10) host Duquesne on Thursday night.

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