Vermont center expected to miss season with knee injury

Updated: August 9, 2003, 3:06 PM ET

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Vermont center Matt Sheftic is expected to miss the upcoming season after tearing a ligament in his right knee.

Sheftic tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a summer league game earlier in the week. The 6-foot-8, fifth-year senior is expected to be sidelined for four-to-six months.

"This is terrible for Matt, who played so well at the end of last year ," coach Tom Brennan. "It's a big loss."

Sheftic, who sat out the 2001-02 season due to personal reasons, averaged 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds last season as Vermont went 21-12, won its first America East Championship and made its first trip to the NCAA tournament.

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