Knee injury ends season for Oregon senior Chris Boucher

Oregon's Chris Boucher reacts after scoring against California during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament Friday, March 10, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Oregon senior forward Chris Boucher suffered a left knee injury during Friday’s Pac-12 Tournament semifinal game versus California that will cause him to miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season, the UO Athletics Dept. reported Saturday evening.

An MRI on Saturday confirmed that Boucher sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which will require surgery at a later date. The injury occurred late in the first half when Boucher was battling for a rebound and fell awkwardly to the floor.

Boucher is Oregon’s third-leading scorer this season at 11.1 points per game and No. 2 rebounder at 6.1 per game. He leads the Pac-12 in blocked shots, averaging 2.6 per game, which also ranks 17th nationally.

The Montreal native set the UO single-season record as a junior with 110 blocked shots. He will finish his career ranked second all-time at Oregon in blocked shots with 189, while his career field-goal percentage of .532 is the fourth-best in school history. Boucher scored 825 points, averaging 12.0 per game, in his two years as a Duck.

He was a two-time Pac-12 all-defensive team member, and was an all-Pac-12 honorable mention selection as a senior.

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