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Rhode Island loses Levan Shengalia

Rhode Island freshman Levan Shengalia's 2010-11 season is over after just one minute of playing time.

The 6-foot-9 forward from Maine Central Institute and the Republic of Georgia is out for the season with a torn ACL and torn mieniscus in his right knee. He was injured in his one minute of playing time in the Rams 83-75 loss at Pittsburgh (No. 5 AP, No. 4 ESPN/USA Today) on Monday night.

Shengalia was playing with a partially torn ACL and had the knee heavily taped before entering the game.

Earlier Monday, Rhode Island head coach Jim Baron said Shengalia was the team's "Rambo" for how tough he was on the court. Baron was expecting Shengalia to be a major force for the Rams in the post and to give them a toughness that they have lacked recently.

Shengelia was in so much pain after the injury occurred that he couldn't sit straight on the bench and ultimately needed a wheelchair to get to the locker room at halftime. He returned to the bench on crutches. He was evaluated Tuesday upon the team's return to campus and a diagnosis was given on Wednesday.

Andy Katz is a senior college basketball writer for ESPN.com.