August 27, 2007

Syracuse loses sharp-shooter for the season

SYRACUSE, N.Y. Syracuse junior Andy Rautins will miss the Orange's 2007-08 season after injuring his left knee while playing for Canada in the FIBA Americas Tournament in Las Vegas.

Rautins, Syracuse's best 3-point shooter last season, was hurt during the first half of Canada's preliminary round game against Brazil on Wednesday, a 75-67 loss. An MRI Thursday confirmed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a partially torn medial collateral ligament in the knee.

Rautins' injuries were "as bad as thought. Maybe worse," said Leo Rautins, the player's father and coach of the Canadian team. But, the elder Rautins added that there was no structural damage and no cartilage damage.

"At least you can heal," Leo Rautins said.

The younger Rautins started 20 games and averaged 7.2 points per game as a sophomore. He will redshirt the upcoming season and have two years of eligibility after this season.

A 6-foot-5 guard, Rautins led Canada in scoring at the World University Games in Brazil earlier this summer, earning a spot on the Senior National Team roster for the FIBA tournament.

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