Dec 28, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes guard Spencer Dinwiddie (25) attempts a free throw in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Coors Events Center. The Buffaloes defeated the Bulldogs 84-74. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - The Colorado men's basketball team will be without leader Spencer Dinwiddie for the rest of the season because of a torn ACL, the school announced Monday.
The junior guard injured his left knee late in the first half Sunday at Washington with Colorado leading 25-22. The Buffaloes lost 71-54.
"It's a big blow for him . . . he's worked so hard to put himself in the position he has and help lead this team to where we are today," CU coach Tad Boyle said. "To have that all taken away from you in one basketball play is ... it's tough."
Dinwiddie, who has started every game he's played at CU (86 in a row), will undergo surgery next week.
He leads the Buffaloes (14-3) in scoring with 14.7 points per game and assists with 64 this season. He is also CU's top 3-point shooter, making 41.3 percent (26-of-63).
No. 21 Colorado next plays Thursday at home against No.25 UCLA.
"What I told the team is that we don't have to beat every team without Spencer," Boyle said. "We have to figure out a way to beat UCLA without Spencer. That's all we've got to do. Nothing changes in our preparation and in what we're going to try to do."
(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)