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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 02/24/2011

Chris Wright has surgery on broken left hand

By Cindy Boren

Georgetown point guard Chris Wright underwent surgery on his broken left hand and is expected to return "before the end of the season."

"Chris Wright underwent successful surgery this morning for a break in the third metacarpal of his left (non-shooting) hand," Coach John Thompson III said in a statement released by the school. Our medical staff is optimistic and although we do not have an exact timetable, we expect to have Chris back before the end of the season."

Wright was injuredearly in the second half of the Hoyas' 58-46 loss Wednesday night to Cincinnati. After turning over the ball, he dived for it and jammed his hand against Bearcats guard Cashmere Wright. Chris Wright twice tried to return to the game with his wrist wrapped but could not play.

It's unclear, Tarik El-Bashir writes, who will replace Wright, the team's second-leading scorer and unquestioned leader. Thompson could lean on guards Austin Freeman and Jason Clark and swingman Hollis Thompson, who started the first 19 games of the season.

El-Bashir says that Wright's absence also could create bigger roles for freshman Markel Starks and sophomore Vee Sanford. Starks is expected to replace Wright next season and is averaging 1.3 points and 8.1 minutes per game. Sanford is averaging 2.8 points and 6.6 minutes.

By Cindy Boren  | February 24, 2011; 11:42 AM ET
Categories:  College basketball  
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End of the regular season, or end of the NCAA Tournament?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | February 24, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

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