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Saturday, January 28, 2017 12:49 pm

Leg injury to sideline Blackmon indefinitely, IU says

Chris Goff | The Journal Gazette

Already playing without forwards OG Anunoby and Collin Hartman, Indiana announced Saturday the loss of another front-line player.

Leading scorer James Blackmon Jr. "will be out for an indefinite period of time," Hoosiers coach Tom Crean said in a team release. The junior guard suffered a "lower leg" injury in Thursday's 90-60 loss at Michigan, the release said.

"As much as this affects our basketball team -- as with all of the other injuries this year -- it hurts us much more for James," Crean said. "He has been playing at a very high level, and this is unfortunate."

Blackmon, averaging 17.6 points and 4.9 rebounds, came up lame in the first half, and officials called for an injury timeout. Blackmon went back in after the timeout and finished out the game but wore an ice pack around his right knee afterward.