MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) _ West Virginia point guard Tim Lyles, who started all 29 games for the Mountaineers last season, will likely miss the 2001-02 season after tearing a ligament in his knee.

Lyles, a 5-foot-11 junior from Baltimore, tore the ACL in his left knee in a preseason workout last week. He averaged 11.5 points and 5.5 assists last season as the Mountaineers finished 17-12, losing to Richmond in the opening round of the NIT.

Lyle, who averaged 7.8 points as a freshman, could redshirt this year and not lose a season of eligibility.

Freshman Jonathan Hargett, considered one of the top high school players in the nation last year, will likely replace Lyles and start at point guard.

Practice begins Oct. 13.