Austin Etherington hurts knee

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- No. 1 Indiana lost forward Austin Etherington during the first half of Saturday night's 100-69 rout of Central Connecticut State.

The sophomore forward appeared to hurt his left knee on a play underneath the basket with the Hoosiers leading 49-29 and 2:28 to go in the half.

He stayed down on the floor as trainers appeared to cover the leg with a towel and almost immediately called for help. Etherington was then lifted onto a stretcher and was surrounded by teammates and coaches.

Hoosiers oach Tom Crean described the injury as "significant" even before the official diagnosis was in.

"I know they were really concerned about their friend and teammate," Crean said, referring to Etherington's injury. "It was important they continued to play well and they did."

Losing Etherington is another blow to a team that has played all season without forward Derek Elston (knee surgery) and freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin, who were suspended by the NCAA for accepting improper benefits from an Indiana booster.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.