Although the score may tell otherwise, the Indiana Hoosiers suffered a loss in their 100-69 victory over the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils yesterday.
Austin Etherington, a sophomore forward for the No. 1 ranked Hoosiers, was injured at the end of the first half after attempting to take a charge.
He was carried off the court in a stretcher and later it was discovered that he had fractured his left patella. Etherington underwent surgery early this morning and it was recently announced that he will be out for the remainder of the season.
Although Etherington was only averaging 1.9 points per game and just 6.7 minutes, his inability to play is a loss for the Hoosiers.
The sophomore forward is an extremely hard worker that challenges the starters everyday in practice and always exerts maximal effort.
Not only is he a valuable asset in practice, but also a reliable substitute in the game. He knows what he is doing and is a hustler regardless of the amount of time he is in.
Etherington’s teammates were visibly concerned after their teammates was taken off the floor, but they came out strong in the second half and were able to secure the 31 point win.
Etherington’s minutes had been increasing each game, so head coach Tom Crean will need to figure out a way to fill the gap in the rotation.
Freshman Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin will be eligible to compete in their next game after being sidelined for receiving benefits from a booster.
Tom Crean and the 9-0 Hoosiers have a few days to figure out the new rotation before they take on Butler on December 15.