Dikembe Dixson leaves game against DePaul with knee injury

UIC star Dikembe Dixson suffered a knee injury during the first half of Wednesday’s game against DePaul. The sophomore forward left the game, and the school announced he will not return.

The injury occurred in a non-contact situation as Dixson came off a backdoor cut and rose for an open layup with 13:34 remaining in the first half. He immediately went down on the court and grabbed his left knee in obvious pain.

Here’s another angle on the baseline replay.

The trainer and coach Steve McClain briefly attended to Dixson on the court before helping the star to the bench.

Dixson entered Wednesday’s game averaging 22.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Despite struggling in the last two games, he was still shooting 47.7% from the field and 37.9% from beyond the arc.

Any major injury to Dixson would be a devastating blow to this young UIC team.

The Fox Sports 1 later broadcast showed Dixson in tears while sitting on the bench.

According to the DePaulia, Dixson was able to walk under his own power behind the bench and then returned to the bench with his knee wrapped up.

Even without Dixson, UIC is hanging tough at DePaul. The Flames trail 54-48 with 11:56 remaining on Fox Sports 1.

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