Maryland forward Ivan Bender tore the meniscus in his right knee Friday against UMBC and will be out for the season, the team announced Sunday. A team spokesman said that Bender will have surgery later this week. “Ivan has been playing some of his best basketball over the past month,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said in a news release. “He has developed into a strong contributor for our team and we are going to miss his leadership and presence on the court. We are confident that he will make a full recovery.” Bender played in all 15 games this season with a career-high seven starts. He averaged 3.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists a game. Bender had scored four points and had pulled down six rebounds in 18 minutes against UMBC when he had to be helped off the court early in the second half of a 66-45 win. He was holding his right knee. The 6-foot-9 redshirt junior from Bosnia and Herzegovina came to Maryland after a promising career in Croatia was interrupted by two ACL surgeries on his left knee.
Maryland's Bender lost for season with torn meniscus
Baltimore Sun | Dec 31