Monday , Feb , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Xavier’s Thornton gone for the season

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Xavier senior forward Brian Thornton,
the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, will miss the remainder of the season
after undergoing successful right ankle surgery to repair a fracture and
a damaged ligament.

Thornton was hurt in Xavier’s home court loss to La Salle on Saturday and
underwent surgery on Sunday.

“While no two injuries are exactly alike it could probably be best compared to
Kenyon Martin’s leg injury he sustained during the 2000 season,” Dr. Robert
Burger said. “While this is a season-ending injury for Brian, our expectations
are that this injury is no way, shape or form a career-ending one.”

Thornton was scoring 15.3 points per game and pulling down 6.8 rebounds per
contest in 21 games this season. His career shooting percentage of 61.9 is the
best mark in school history.

Xavier is 14-7 on the season, including a 5-5 record in Atlantic 10
conference play. The Musketeers have lost three of their past four games and
are tied for eighth place in the conference standings.