USC picked up a critical victory on Thursday night against Oregon, but along the way suffered what could be a goal-crushing injury.
On Friday the school announced that junior forward Bennie Boatwright is done for the remainder of the 2017-18 season after injuring his left patella during the 72-70 win over Oregon. He is expected to be out several months.
“It’s just a shame when injuries happen to such hard workers and outstanding young men like Bennie,” USC coach Andy Enfield said in a statement. “Bennie has been such a valuable part of our program and he was having another very good year, being a factor on offense and defense.”
The 6-foot-10 Boatwright was averaging 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23 games (18 starts) this season. Injuries have been an issue for him, having sat out four games at this season with foot issues and missing 17 of USC’s first 22 contests in 2017-18 because of a shoulder injury.
Without Boatwright, USC will lean more on sophomore Nick Rackocevic, who has started 14 games including the last six ahead of Boatwright. He is averaging 7.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Freshman wing Jordan Usher could also see his role expand beyond the 13.2 minutes he logs per contest.
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