Pitino's Gophers suffer huge blow with loss of Eric Curry - Bring Me The News

Pitino's Gophers suffer huge blow with loss of Eric Curry

Curry is out for the season after injuring his knee this week.

Richard Pitino's newest challenge as head coaching of the rising Golden Gophers men's basketball team is to find a way to win without sophomore power forward Eric Curry. 

The Gophers announced Thursday that Curry was lost for the season when he suffered a bad knee injury during a pick-up game early Thursday. The extent of his injury: Torn ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee. 

“Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, and we are certainly disheartened by the news,” Pitino said in a statement. “Eric had a tremendous summer, but I am positive he will continue to get better as he recovers from this setback.”

Curry's late-summer season-ending injury is similar to the blow the Gophers suffered last summer when Davonte Fitzgerald was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Minnesota went on to finish fourth in the Big Ten and reach the NCAA Tournament. 

As a freshman last season, Curry played in all 34 games as a backup power forward and center, averaging 5.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game. 

His stats don't jump off the page but he was expected to play a bigger role with the team this season. 

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