Partial ligament tear forces sidelines Iowa senior

Updated: December 7, 2005, 9:42 PM ET
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Iowa senior guard Jeff Horner will miss at least two weeks after suffering a torn ligament in his left knee Tuesday, the university reported.

Horner was injured during a drive to the basket, drawing a foul on the play. He sank two free throws before leaving the game a few minutes later. The Hawkeyes lost in overtime 67-63.

"I'm happy and relieved to say that the injury isn't as serious as we might have feared Tuesday night," Horner said. "We're encouraged with the MRI results and looking forward to the rehab process and getting back on the court."

Horner has played in all 102 Iowa games over the past four seasons, missing just one start. He surpassed 500 career assists in the game at Northern Iowa and ranks fourth in assists in Iowa history. Through nine games, Horner is averaging 12 points and 6.6 assists, leading the Big Ten in assists and ranking second in free-throw percentage (.906).

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