Auburn G Monroe breaks foot, out indefinitely

Updated: November 5, 2003, 7:50 PM ET

AUBURN, Alabama - Auburn point guard Lewis Monroe, who helped the team to a surprising Sweet 16 appearance in last season's NCAA Tournament, broke his left foot in practice and will be out indefinitely.

Monroe suffered the injury Tuesday while driving to the basket. The junior will undergo surgery Friday in Birmingham.

"I hope the best for my team and will cheer them on and hope they do well," he said. "At the same time, I need to focus on what I need to do as far as rehab and get it healthy and come back ready to play whenever I can.

"I was coming off a ball screen and tried to cut the corner, and it popped. I didn't step on anybody's foot or anything. I was just driving to the basket."

Monroe had only four turnovers in 113 minutes in the NCAA Tournament. He ranked 10th in the Southeastern Conference with 3.3 assists per game to go along with 6.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 38 percent shooting from 3-point range.

The injury leaves Auburn without its floor general as the November 17 season opener against the College of Charleston in the NABC Classic nears.

"It is a major blow because Lewis is our point guard and our system is surrounded by the point guard," coach Cliff Ellis said. "He has been our point guard for the last year and a half and he took us to the Sweet 16. It is a major blow."

Senior Chris Lollar takes over the point, with newcomer Ian Young backing him up.

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