Senior forward won't play vs. Air Force

Updated: January 10, 2005, 11:03 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ALBUQUERQUE. N.M. -- New Mexico forward Danny Granger underwent surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and won't play in Saturday's game against Air Force.

He is listed as questionable for next week's games at BYU and Utah.

Granger, the Lobos' leading scorer and rebounder, injured the knee while trying to block a shot in the first half of Saturday's game against Wyoming.

Granger, a 6-foot-8 senior, is averaging 19.5 points and 9.4 rebounds a game this season.

A statement from the school described the injury as a torn lateral meniscus and the 30-minute surgical procedure to repair the damage as "minor."

"We're excited that the surgical procedure was a success," New Mexico coach Ritchie McKay said in the statement. "We will try and get Danny back as soon as possible as we look to contend for the regular season title in the Mountain West Conference. However, we will do what's best for Danny."

Granger put an upbeat spin on the injury.

"I know it [the injury] sounds like a setback, but the surgery went very well and I can't wait to get back on the floor with my teammates," Granger said. "It's just a matter of being aggressive in my rehabilitation. I want Lobo fans to know I'll be back soon."

Granger left the game Saturday night with 6:27 left in the first half and sat out the rest of the game won by New Mexico 89-75. At that point, he had scored 12 points and New Mexico had a 20-point lead.

McKay earlier had declined to comment on Granger's injury and had refused to allow Granger to be interviewed. McKay had said Granger did not want the extent of his injury known.

"I'm not trying to fool you, we need Danny Granger to win the league," McKay said after Granger had to be helped up the ramp in The Pit after Saturday's game.

The Lobos (14-2, 1-0 Mountain West) play their next three conference games on the road, against Air Force, Utah and Brigham Young.

Information from ESPN.com's Andy Katz and The Associated Press was used in this report.