By The Associated Press
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State guard Jalen Steele will miss the rest of the season after injuring his left knee in the Bulldogs’ 84-82 loss to LSU on Wednesday.
Steele, a 6-foot-3 freshman guard, tore his anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus after landing awkwardly while trying to finish a layup. He will have surgery in about two weeks, according to the school. The recovery time is expected to be five to six months.
Steele recently moved into the starting lineup, taking over for Ravern Johnson. He was averaging 5.7 points and 1.5 rebounds through 27 games, starting six.
Mississippi State (14-13, 6-7 Southeastern Conference) travels to face Tennessee (17-11, 7-6) on Saturday.