Xavier's Thornton out for season after ankle surgery

CINCINNATI -- Xavier senior forward Brian Thornton, who leads the team in scoring and rebounding, will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing right ankle surgery, the school announced Monday.

Thornton was injured in Saturday's home loss to La Salle. He underwent surgery the following day to repair a fracture and damaged ligament in the ankle.

"While no two injuries are exactly alike, it could probably be best compared to [former Cincinnati star] Kenyon Martin's leg injury he sustained during the 2000 season," Dr. Robert Burger said. "While this is a season-ending injury for Brian, our expectations are that this injury is no way, shape or form a career-ending one."

Thornton was the leader of the Musketeers, averaging 15.3 points and 6.8 rebounds while shooting 64 percent from the floor in 21 games this season. His career percentage of 61.9 percent is the best in school history.

Losing Thornton is a devastating blow of Xavier (14-7, 5-5 Atlantic 10), which has lost three of its last four games and is tied for eighth place in the conference standings.