Special to The Sun
Florida forward Keith Stone will have season-ending surgery after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Saturday’s game at Georgia.
The Gators announced the news Sunday, one day after their 62-52 win in Athens and after Stone underwent an MRI that confirmed the damage. Stone will undergo surgery in the next several weeks.
The 6-foot-8 junior from Deerfield Beach averaged 6.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 17 games this season, including 13 starts. Stone had come off the bench the last four SEC games and had yet to hit a field goal in league play (0-for-10 going), but he scored eight points in nine minutes Saturday before landing awkwardly on his left leg while trying to block a shot early in the second half against the Bulldogs.
“We’re really disappointed for Keith. You could see he was playing with confidence (Saturday), and you hate to see a guy go down at any time,” UF coach Mike White said.
Losing Stone leaves Florida short-handed in the frontcourt, where forward Chase Johnson transferred last month and big men Isaiah Stokes and Gorjok Gak have played sparingly because of injuries and fitness levels.