Cal forward Benson out four weeks after surgery

Updated: January 18, 2006, 3:28 PM ET
Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Forward Rod Benson, California's leading scorer and rebounder last season, will be out for at least four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, the school said Wednesday.

Benson injured his knee in practice Monday, and an MRI exam Tuesday revealed the tear. He already struggled through much of the early season with a stress fracture in his left heel.

The surgery is scheduled to be performed Friday, a school spokesman said.

Benson, a 6-foot-10 senior, averaged 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season. He has played in just 10 games as a reserve this season, averaging 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds for Cal (9-5, 3-2 Pac-10).

"You feel bad for Rod and what he has been through," coach Ben Braun said. "He was just getting over a foot injury, and I thought he was improving. He was getting more time and was more active. He was getting closer to coming back at full strength."

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