Senior forward won't play vs. Air Force

1/10/2005 - New Mexico Lobos

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

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

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