Maryland forward Ivan Bender lost for season with injury

Maryland forward Ivan Bender, of Bosnia and Herzegovina, stands on the court in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Rutgers, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Maryland forward Ivan Bender will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

Bender has a torn meniscus in his right knee, an injury that occurred Friday night in a game against Maryland-Baltimore County.

Coach Mark Turgeon said Sunday that the junior will have surgery this week.

Bender played in all 15 games this season, including a career-high seven starts. He was averaging 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.

Turgeon says of Bender: "He has developed into a strong contributor for our team and we are going to miss his leadership and presence on the court."

The announcement comes only days after Turgeon declared sophomore forward Justin Jackson would miss the rest of the season with a torn labrum.

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