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Sycamore Sidelined: ISU Star Jake Kelly Tears ACL

Another standout performer of and In-State Division-One Basketball team has suffered a devastating injury.

Indiana State Junior Jake Kelly injured his knee early in the second half of Tuesday's 70-52 loss to Southern Illinois. Multiple sources confirm Wednesday, that the injury is indeed a torn acl and Kelly will miss the remainder of the season.

Indiana University Freshman Maurice Creek fractured a knee on Monday and will also miss the rest of the Hoosiers' season.

Kelly was in his first season with the Sycamores after transferring from the University of Iowa. He was averaging 9 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest and was the only ISU player to start all 12 games. When Kelly went down, Indiana State (8-4) was leading 37-34 over the Salukis, but the Sycamores were outscored 34-13 the rest of the way.

Indiana State confirmed the news in a press release, in which included a statement from head coach Kevin McKenna:

"This is disappointing news for Jake and for our program," McKenna commented. "He has worked hard to help the team get off to a solid start this season. We all wish him the best with his surgery and rehab. Jake has certainly been through a lot over the past year and he has a tremendous amount of support from the coaches, players, his family and the community."

The 6-6 guard was a big reason Indiana State started off 8-3, and had raised expectations in Terre Haute. The Sycamores return to action New Years Day with a 2:00 o'clock tip-off against Missouri Valley Conference Rival Creighton.

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