Rod Benson Out 4-5 Weeks with Knee Injury

Jan. 18, 2006

BERKELEY - California senior forward Rod Benson will undergo surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee Friday and is expected to be sidelined for 4-5 weeks.

Benson injured his knee in practice Monday and underwent an MRI late Tuesday, which revealed the tear.

Cal's leading scorer and rebounder last season when he averaged 13.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg, the 6-10, 220-pound Benson struggled through much of the early part of this year due to a stress fracture in his left heel. He missed Cal's opener at Eastern Michigan Nov. 18, but returned to score 14 points and grab six rebounds vs. Long Beach State Nov. 21.

However, Benson re-aggravated the heel in Cal's next game against Northern Colorado and sat out the next three contests before playing vs. San Diego State Dec. 6. He had 10 points and five boards in the Bears' most recent contest at Stanford last Friday.

'You feel bad for Rod and what he has been through,' head 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.'

For the season, Benson has played in 10 games, all as a reserve, and averaged 6.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg.

Cal (9-5 overall, 3-2 Pac-10) next plays at Arizona State Thursday in Tempe, Ariz.

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