Cougar Men's Basketball Star To Have Surgery

Jan. 21, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State junior point guard Marcus Moore will have surgery on his right ankle to remove bone chips and bone spurs, WSU Head Coach Paul Graham announced Tuesday. The surgery will take place late this week or early next week and will likely end Moore's season.

Moore is currently the second leading scorer in the Pacific-10 Conference with 19.3 points per game. He ranks third in the Pac-10 with 1.80 steals per game, is tied for third with 4.47 assists per outing and is 13th with 5.9 rebounds per night.

The Inglewood, Calif., native became the 24th player in Washington State history to score 1,000 points, accomplishing the feat at Arizona, Jan. 9.

He currently ranks on several WSU career lists, including assists average (third, 4.3), assists (sixth, 298), steals (tied for sixth, 122), scoring average (ninth, 14.7) and points (23rd, 1,027).

Moore becomes the third Cougar starter currently sidelined by an injury. He joins senior center Milton Riley (fractured back) and sophomore forward Shami Gill (stress reaction in lower left leg) as starters who have missed time. Reserve senior guard Justin Lyman (sprained ligament in left foot) and junior center Ezenwa Ukeagu (appendicitis) are also currently out with injuries.

This season, WSU players have missed 20 games due to injury.

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