Hoosiers lose starting forward indefinitely with knee injury

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Indiana forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12) blocks the shot of Butler guard Alex Barlow (3) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Indiana defeated Butler 82-73. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH/AP) – Indiana forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea is out indefinitely after injuring his right knee in practice.

Coach Tom Crean made the announcement less than three hours before the Hoosiers hosted Penn State. He was replaced in Tuesday night’s lineup by sophomore Collin Hartman.

Mosquera-Perea, a 6-foot-9 junior, was averaging 7.6 points and 5.2 rebounds and was ranked among the Big Ten’s leaders in blocks with 24. He scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds in the Hoosiers’ first Big Ten win, at Nebraska, Dec. 31.

Crean calls it a “blow” to the Hoosiers (12-4, 2-1) and says everyone must do a little more to make up for Mosquera-Perea’s absence.

“We need to continue our focus on rebounding, defense and all the little things it takes to be successful,” Crean said in a release. “I expect our players will be up for the challenge.”

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