Monday , Mar , 21 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Villanova’s Sumpter to miss rest of tournament

Villanova, PA (Sports Network) – Villanova forward Curtis Sumpter will miss
the rest of the NCAA Tournament because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament
in his left knee, an MRI revealed Monday.

Sumpter suffered the injury in the first half of Sunday’s 76-65 win over
Florida in the second round of the tournament. Sumpter fell to the floor under
the basket midway through the first half and was helped from the court, but
briefly returned to action before falling to the floor again with just over
eight minutes left in the first half.

“When it happened I knew something was wrong,” Sumpter said at a Monday press
conference. “It felt a little funny, but I figured I could walk it off and
it would be fine.”

Sumpter ended with eight points and six rebounds and did not return in the
second half. The Brooklyn, New York native, leads the Wildcats in both scoring
(15.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.2 rpg).

According to surgeon Dr. Rob Good, surgery to repair the injury will take
place in several weeks.

“The good news is we can get his leg stronger before the surgery,” Villanova
head coach Jay Wright said. “Therefore he should be able to make a full
recovery and be ready for next season.

Villanova, seeded fifth in the Syracuse bracket, faces top-seeded North
Carolina on Friday at the Carrier Dome.

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