Race Thompson leaves Iowa game with knee injury, will not return

An already shorthanded IU basketball team suffered another serious looking injury on Thursday evening.

Sixth-year starting forward Race Thompson left the game at Iowa with 4:27 left in the first half with an apparent serious knee injury.

Thompson’s right foot appeared to be planted on the ground when an Iowa player dove into his leg.  Thompson collapsed to the floor.  He put minimal weight on the leg and was helped to the locker room.

The injury happened right in front of the Indiana bench.  Thompson was surrounded by the training staff and his coaches and teammates for a couple minutes.  He pounded the floor in frustration as the staff attended to the injury.

Indiana released a quick statement at halftime.

“Senior Race Thompson, who suffered a leg injury in the first half tonight against Iowa, will not return tonight,” IU Athletics said.

Coming into the game, Thompson averaged 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He had nine points and three rebounds at Iowa before leaving the floor in the first half.

Thompson came out of the halftime locker room on crutches with ice on his knee.

IU coach Mike Woodson said after the game he did not yet know the extent of Thompson’s injury.

“We’ll go back and get an MRI and see where it is,” Woodson said.

Indiana also played without fifth-year senior starting guard Xavier Johnson, who suffered a broken foot on Dec. 17, had surgery, and will be out indefinitely.

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