Cunningham Has Reconstructive Surgery; Expected To Miss Rest Of Season

Nov. 26, 2008

LOS ANGELES - USC redshirt sophomore forward Kasey Cunningham had reconstructive left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery today (Nov. 26) at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, performed by Dr. Thomas Vangsness. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Cunningham had arthroscopic surgery scheduled today to remove torn cartilage and examine the ACL. Examination of the ACL showed that reconstruction was necessary and it was repaired at that time.

Cunningham injured his knee on Nov. 23 vs. Missouri in a third-round game at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. He scored a basket to put USC ahead 59-57 at the 10-minute mark of the second half, but was hit on the left side of the knee as he went up for the basket. Cunningham finished the game with a career-high 11 points and six rebounds in 14 minutes. USC was outscored 26-13 down the stretch and fell to the Tigers, 83-72.

Cunningham missed his entire freshman season due to a left knee injury suffered during his senior year of high school which required surgery, then reinjured the knee last season, after only nine games of action. He had surgery on Dec. 28, 2007 to repair his left ACL and meniscus.

The 6-7 forward averaged 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in four games played this season.

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