Dewayne Dedmon tears MCL

Updated: January 27, 2012, 3:21 PM ET
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- USC forward Dewayne Dedmon tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Thursday's loss to Colorado and will be out for the remainder of the season, according to associate head coach Bob Cantu.

Dedmon, a sophomore playing his first season of major-college basketball, tore the ligament four minutes into the first half and sat out the rest of the game in the locker room and sideline.

He told reporters afterward he didn't think he had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, but he did leave the arena wearing a protective brace.

The 22-year-old Dedmon has been severely limited by injuries this year. He broke his hand in October and had to wear a bulky cast for the first month of the season. He then suffered a stress injury to his foot in November that was supposed to keep him out for a month.

Dedmon had been averaging 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in a little more than 23 minutes per game this year.

It's the fifth season-ending injury for the Trojans (5-16, 0-8 in the Pac-12), leaving them with just six healthy scholarship players.

Pedro Moura covers USC for ESPNLA.com.