Junior Ivan Bender (13) grabs a rebound in Maryland’s 75-50 win over Fairleigh Dickinson. (Lila Bromberg/ The Left Bench)

Ivan Bender has torn meniscus, will miss rest of season

The bad news continues to come for the Maryland Terrapins.

Redshirt junior Ivan Bender has a torn meniscus and will miss the remainder of the season, the team announced on Sunday.

The news comes just two days after it was announced sophomore forward Justin Jackson would also miss the rest of the season with a torn labrum.

Bender’s injury occurred in the second half of the Terps’ 66-45 win over UMBC. Bender was sent to the locker room and did not return for the rest of the game.

Bender is expected to have surgery later this week.

“Ivan has been playing some of his best basketball over the past month,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said in a press release. “He has developed into a strong contributor and we are going to miss his leadership and presence on the court. We are confident he will make a full recovery.”

Bender primarily came off the bench for the Terps, but he appeared in every game this season and started in seven of them. He will finish the season averaging 3.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

Bender’s injury is another hit on Maryland depth. However, the Terps still have answers for losing two of their top players. ans could see more from Sean Obi, who has not played much this season, and Jared Nickens.

Regardless of who replaces Bender, the Terps are still entering conference play hobbled. Maryland’s next game will be against Penn State at the Xfinity Center, and then the team will travel to East Lansing, Michigan to play Michigan State. The Terps will need to find an answer quickly in order to compete in a tough conference that has two teams in the Top 25.

Maryland’s game against Penn State will tip off on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.