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Indiana loses Etherington for season

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No. 1 Indiana has lost sophomore forward Austin Etherington for the rest of the season because of a fractured left kneecap. Etherington was hurt late in the first half of Saturday night's 100-69 victory over Central Connecticut State.

After being called for a foul on the play, he stayed on the ground and was surrounded by teammates and coaches. He was lifted onto a stretcher and pointed to the crowd as he was wheeled off the court.

On Sunday, the team said Etherington had season-ending surgery. Etherington's playing time had steadily increased as the Hoosiers (9-0) moved through the non conference schedule.

"Anytime you lose a valued member of your program it not only hurts the team, but also everyone's hearts," said coach Tom Crean. "Austin has been doing an excellent job improving and now we have to help him overcome this setback and move forward.  Our players have experience in this area and everyone is looking forward to helping him recover.  As serious as his injury was, we are thankful that it was not worse."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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