Two key Gophers will be out two months with injuries

Updated: August 5, 2003, 5:10 AM ET

MINNEAPOLIS -- The top two returning scorers for the Minnesota men's basketball team will be out of action for the next two months because of injury.

Guard Moe Hargrow, who averaged 13.2 points per game last season, has his arm in a cast after cracking a bone in his wrist. Forward Michael Bauer, who averaged 11.4 points per game, will have surgery on his ankle Wednesday to correct a ligament problem that bothered him during much of his junior season.

"It's not good news," Gophers coach Dan Monson said. "But the timing's better than during the season."

Both players should be able to play and practice long before the Gophers begin the 2003-04 season with a Nov. 19 game against Missouri-Kansas City in the first round of the Preseason NIT.

"They're both going to be fine, but two months brings them into October," Monson said. "We're disappointed."

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