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Ben Carter is assisted off the court by a security guard and trainer, Jason Kabo, Saturday during a game against SDSU (Photo: Jeremy Rincon)
Ben Carter is assisted off the court by a security guard and trainer, Jason Kabo, Saturday during a game against SDSU (Photo: Jeremy Rincon)

Ben Carter to miss season with torn ACL

By Barbara Farkas
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What started out as a crowded front court for the Runnin’ Rebels in the beginning of the season has now dwindled down as junior forward Ben Carter suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2015-2016 basketball season.

Ben Carter suffered a season-ending ACL tear during Saturday's loss to San Diego State (Photo: Jeremy Rincon)

Ben Carter suffered a season-ending ACL tear during Saturday’s loss to San Diego State (Photo: Jeremy Rincon)

Carter left the San Diego State game on Saturday midway through the first half with what UNLV Athletic Training/Medical Staff reported as a left knee sprain.

Previous to the San Diego State game, Carter notched his second career double-double (10/11) against Boise State on Wednesday.

The 6’ 9” forward has played in all of the Rebels’ 22 games this season, averaging 8.6 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game.

“We are very disappointed for Ben,” interim head coach Todd Simon said in a statement Monday. “He was obviously an impact player for us, but more than that he is a pillar of our program with his toughness, spirit and leadership. It is a huge loss for our team.”

Carter was also ranked No. 4 in the Mountain West Conference field goal percentage leaders shooting 55.6 percent from the field and ranked No. 6 in blocks per game. He tallied 30 blocks, second behind freshman forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr.

Carter will have surgery later this week and faces a 6-9 month recovery period (Photo: Jeremy Rincon)

Carter will have surgery later this week and faces a 6-9 month recovery period (Photo: Jeremy Rincon)

When asked who will step up in place of Carters’ veteran leadership post game on Saturday, Zimmerman stated that, “Everybody has to, because that’s the kind of person Ben is, he always held everyone up to a high standard. It’s a good thing for everybody to be able to step up into the leader role and know that we need him and he’s always there to support us.”

In a short turnaround for the Rebels (13-10, 4-6) they traveled to New Mexico (14-8, 7-2) to take on the Lobos. With a limited front court, Dwayne Morgan endured foul travel early on and eventually fouled out with over 10 minutes to play in the contest. The Rebels fell to the Lobos 87-83.

UNLV is back in action Saturday at Fresno State (14-7) (5-3) at 4:00 PM.

Ben Carter is assisted to the locker room for evaluation, followed by a medical team. (Photo: Jeremy Rincon)

Ben Carter is assisted to the locker room for evaluation, followed by a medical team. (Photo: Jeremy Rincon)

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