Crenca sidelined with knee injury (updated)

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Ben Crenca, freshman on the University of Vermont men’s basketball team, missed Tuesday’s game at Boston University because of a knee injury.

Here’s the official statement from Grant Wilson, UVM’s athletic trainer: “Ben Crenc sustained a knee injury during practice over the weekend. Diagnostic tests are being done to confirm the specific nature of the injury. He is out indefinitely.”

UVM sports information associate Ben Dickie said a diagnosis will come next week at the earliest. Vermont plays host to New Hampshire on Sunday.

Crenca, a 6-foot-10 center, is averaging 10.5 minutes, 3.5 points and 2.9 rebounds this season. He has been in the starting lineup six times.

This is the Catamounts’  first significant injury since sophomore guard Garvey Young was sidelined for four games in November.

Update: Crenca will miss the rest of the season — and maybe more.

Here’s an updated release from Wilson: “Ben Crenca sustained an ACL tear of the right knee.  He is out for the remainder of the season.”

UVM coach Mike Lonergan said he won’t know for sure until after Crenca’s surgery, but he doubts Crenca will be ready to play at the start of next season.

“I’m not going to sugarcoat it, this is a huge loss for us,” Lonergan said. “He’s been playing great. To have a guy as big as he is be a presence on the offensive and defensive ends, and be a great rebounder. He gave us a lot of depth inside. Now were are going to have to get a lot more out of some of the other guys on the bench. It’s definitely a big loss for us and I feel really bad for Ben.”

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