Dec 14, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers forward Durand Johnson (5) shoots against Youngstown State Penguins forward Josh Chojnacki (14) during the second half at the Petersen Events Center. Pittsburgh won 91-73. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh forward Durand Johnson out for the season after suffering torn ACL

According to, the Pittsburgh Panthers have lost one of their more valuable assets in sophomore forward Durand Johnson for the rest of the season to an ACL injury he suffered on Saturday in the win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

In their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Panthers are 3-0 in their new home and Johnson’s improved play has had a lot to do with that.

While he does come off the bench for head coach Jamie Dixon, the sixth-man makes it count when he is in there, averaging 8.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Dixon stressed how big this loss really is for the team as they get through the rest of the regular season and make a run toward March.

“We are thoroughly heartbroken for Durand,” Dixon said. “With his passion for the game and outstanding work ethic, Durand has contributed significantly to our success. He has made so much improvement in all facets of his game this year.

In Johnson’s absence, Dixon said that redshirt freshman Chris Jones should see some significant time off the bench.

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