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Horizon League’s reigning freshman of the year tears ACL

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DENVER - MARCH 11: Head coach Steve McClain of the Wyoming Cowboys directs his team against the San Diego State University Aztecs in the championship of the Mountain West Conference Basketball Tournament on March 11, 2006 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Last season’s Horizon League freshman of the year will miss the rest of his sophomore season due to injury.

UIC forward Dikembe Dixson will undergo season-ending surgery after suffering a torn ACL on Wednesday, the school announced.

“We’re all disappointed that Dikembe’s season has come to an end,” UIC coach Steve McClain said in a statement. “After he put together one of the best freshman seasons in the history of our program and the Horizon League a year ago, he dedicated himself to improve every single day. He was having another great year as one of the top scorers in the NCAA and a fantastic leader in our program.”

Dixson was averaging 20.3 points and 6 rebounds per game for the Flames while shooting 47.7 percent from the floor and 36.7 percent from 3-point range.

He is eligible to pursue a medical redshirt for this season.

“I have no doubt that his positive attitude and the relentless support we will give him will help Dikembe come back stronger than ever next season,” said McClain.

UIC is currently 5-5 and hosts Loyola Chicago on Saturday.