Clemson top scorer Code tears ACL

January 13, 1996|By SPORTSTICKER

Merl Code, the leading scorer for No. 16 Clemson, one of four unbeaten teams in Division I-A, has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and may miss the rest of the season.

Code suffered the injury in an 89-79 victory over Virginia on Wednesday night.

Code, who was fitted with a brace, has been ruled out for at least the North Carolina game tomorrow and the Florida State game Wednesday. Clemson is 11-0 and 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Code, a 6-foot-2 junior guard, is averaging 12.5 points and has just 14 turnovers in 11 games. He averaged 11.8 points as a sophomore.

"Merl means a lot to our team, but we have to go on," said Clemson coach Rick Barnes. "We will miss Merl's leadership, especially running the offense."

Code is the second Clemson starter from last season to suffer a serious injury. Center Iker Iturbe is redshirting after having surgery to remove a rib that was causing a blood clot in the shoulder.

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