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Surgery sidelines Duquesne point guard

Duquesne point guard Eric Evans is expected to miss as much as eight weeks following surgery, scheduled this afternoon at UPMC South Side, to repair a fracture in his right foot.

Evans, who averaged 10 points and had 121 assists in 32 games, all in a starting role, suffered the injury during a scrimmage at the team's annual Fanfest over the weekend.

"I feel for Eric because he put in a lot of time over the summer preparing for the start of the season," Duquesne coach Ron Everhart said. "Losing a veteran guard with Eric's leadership skills and experience makes it that much more difficult."

Evans, one of four returning Duquesne starters, already was recovering from a stress fracture in the same foot. The injury was said to be responding favorably to treatment before Evans felt what he said was "a pop" in his right foot during the scrimmage Saturday at Palumbo Center.

Everhart said Evans was to have a screw inserted at the base of his fifth metatarsal during the scheduled surgery in an effort to stabilize the fracture. Evans joins senior forward David Theis as Duquesne casualties.

Theis has been inactive since late-September with a severely sprained ankle after having just recovered from surgery in May to repair a broken bone in his right hand suffered during an offseason recreation game.

Meanwhile, Duquesne's heralded freshman class will take on added pressure as the Dukes prepare, without Evans, for their first exhibition game Saturday night against Division III La Roche at Palumbo.

The remaining guards include the freshman trio of T.J. McConnell, Mike Talley and Jerry Jones, and sophomore Sean Johnson, a former New York Catholic High School Athletic Association player of the year.

Johnson, who averaged 14.9 minutes per game for Duquesne as a freshman last season, is expected to be available for Saturday's exhibition game after sitting out the team's scrimmage because of a sprained ankle.

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