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NCAA BASKETBALL: Forward Johnson lost for the year with knee injury

on January 13, 2014 10:40 AM

PITTSBURGH — Pitt sophomore forward Durand Johnson will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL and meniscus in his right knee in Saturday’s win over Wake Forest.

The 6-foot-6 Johnson was injured while driving to the basket with 5:30 remaining in Pittsburgh’s 80-65 victory. He was fouled on the play and made two free throws before leaving. He is expected to undergo surgery within the next week and to be back in 9 to 12 months.

Johnson was blossoming as Pitt’s sixth man, averaging 8.8 points and 3.0 rebounds. He is second on the Panthers (15-1, 3-0 ACC) with 22 3-pointers.

Pitt coach Jamie Dixon says he is “heartbroken” over Johnson’s injury.

The Panthers play at Georgia Tech on Tuesday.

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