Maryland men's basketball forward Ivan Bender suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee Dec. 29 and will undergo season-ending surgery in the coming week, the Terps announced Dec. 31.
"Ivan has been playing some of his best basketball over the past month," Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said in a release. "He has developed into a strong contributor for our team and we are going to miss his leadership and presence on the court. We are confident that he will make a full recovery."
Bender's injury occurred during the second half of the Terps' 66-45 victory over UMBC Dec. 29. Bender started jogging back on defense after a teammate missed a free throw, but his knee suddenly gave out. The injury didn't appear to be caused by any contact. Bender couldn't put any weight on his right leg, and was helped to the bench by senior Sean Obi and trainer Matt Charvat.