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January 13, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie out for season

Colorado guard Spencer Dinwiddie, center, holds his left leg in pain after taking a hard fall during the first half. (Lindsey Wasson - Seattle Times)

Colorado guard Spencer Dinwiddie, center, holds his left leg in pain after taking a hard fall during the first half. (Lindsey Wasson – Seattle Times)

Colorado star point guard Spencer Dinwiddie suffered a season-ending knee injury during Sunday’s 71-54 loss to Washington at Alaska Airlines Arena, the Buffaloes announced Monday afternoon.

“It’s a big blow for him,” CU coach Tad Boyle said in a statement released by the school. “He’s worked so hard to put himself in the position he has and help lead this team to where we are today. To have that all taken away from you in one basketball play is . . . it’s tough.”

Dinwiddie, a 6-6 junior, will require surgery to repair an injured ACL in his left knee. After a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam, CU trainers determined he will miss the rest of the season.

No. 21 Colorado is 14-3 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-12.

Dinwiddie gives the impression of being in good spirits. How many people would post a selfie with their mom from the doctor’s waiting room?

In a series of posts on his Twitter account (below), he thanked fans, talked about being anxious to begin rehab and said he has faith in his CU teammates

Dinwiddie was CU’S leader in scoring (14.7 ppg), assists (64, 3.8 apg) and steals (26, 1.5 spg). He also led the Buffs in 3-pointers (26) and free throw shooting percentage (85.7).

Dinwiddie was projected to be a first-round pick in the 2014 NBA draft. However, his knee injury will likely prompt him to return to Colorado for his senior season.

The Buffaloes will need to figure out how to play without their star. Freshman Jaron Hopkins immediately replaced Dinwiddie in the Washington game. Sophomores Xavier Talton and Eli Stalzer may also see increased minutes.

“All three capable of taking care of the ball and getting us in our offense,” Boyle said. “They’re good team guys who shoot it, dribble it and pass it.”

Dinwiddie went down when his left knee buckled with 2:51 left in the first half. No other player was around him. At the time, CU was leading 25-22, and Dinwiddie had scored seven points, with one assist. Without their star, the Buffaloes were outscored 49-29 the rest of the way.

If Colorado is going to overcome the loss of Dinwiddie, then junior guard Askia Booker and sophomore forward Josh Scott will have to lead the way. Booker failed miserably in his first attempt to carry the Buffaloes on Sunday when he went scoreless on 0-for-9 shooting. Scott had 15 points against the Huskies.

“We don’t have the star system here,” Boyle said. “Spencer was our leading scorer and leading assist guy, he led us in steals. There’s no question he was important to our team. I’m not trying to minimize this loss, but I just want our players to realize they’re here for a reason: they’re capable as well. When one guy goes down, the door opens for one, or in this case, maybe two or three more.”

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