Hartman takes a hit, doesn’t return at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — A baseline drive by Junior Etou got the best of Collin Hartman early in Sunday’s second half at Rutgers, when a knee-to-knee collision kept the IU forward on the bench over the final 15 minutes of IU’s 84-54 win.

Etou’s right knee rammed into Hartman’s left knee as he fought for a layup just prior to the under-16 timeout in the second half. Hartman went down and winced in pain before getting helped to his feet and limping off the floor. IU’s team doctors gave Hartman an ice pack for the knee and the sophomore appeared to have trouble merely trying to stand up during the ensuing media timeouts.

Hartman tore the ACL in his right knee shortly after last season and has been wearing a black brace on it all season.

Crean said shortly after Sunday’s game that it was too soon to determine the severity of the collision.

“We’ll keep our fingers crossed,” Crean said. “We’re just icing it right now. He’s in good spirits right now and we’ll just get it looked at when we get home and hope that there’s nothing there.”

Here’s a view of the collision from Sunday’s Big Ten Network telecast:
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