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Texas, Utah Lose Key Players

December 29, 2001

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Texas forward Chris Owens and Utah center Chris Burgess left the teams’ game in the first half with injuries Saturday.

Owens, a preseason candidate for the Wooden Award as the nation’s top player, hurt his right knee. Burgess _ Utah’s leading scorer and rebounder _ tore a ligament in his right foot and is expected to miss at least two games.

Owens was going up to catch a pass under the basket when he was slightly undercut and landed awkwardly 10:04 before halftime. The nature and extent of his injury weren’t immediately known, but Texas said Owens wouldn’t return.

He is averaging 16.8 points and eight rebounds and leads the Longhorns with 20 blocked shots.

Burgess dropped to the floor with 15:24 remaining in the first half. He was near the top of the key, not involved in a play, when he was hurt. The injury was diagnosed as a tear of the ligament connecting the heel and ball of the foot.

Burgess missed four games last season with a broken bone in his right ankle.

Burgess, who played two seasons at Duke before transferring, is averaging 14.3 points and 7.8 rebounds.

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