Portland big man undergoes season-ending knee surgery

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Portland senior center Riley Barker underwent season-ending knee surgery on Friday, the school announced on Friday night. The fifth-year senior’s collegiate career is over.

The 6-foot-10 Barker suffered a right knee injury in the Pilots’ 78-61 win over Santa Clara on Thursday night.

“I just feel so bad for Riley,” Portland head coach Eric Reveno said in a statement. “It is hard to put into words. Although his long-term prognosis is great and I am sure he will enjoy a very good professional career overseas, he has worked so hard, been playing so well and been such a great teammate it is just a shame for this to happen in his senior year. I will miss coaching him and am sorry it ended a couple of months early. He can be proud of the year he was having and his lasting impact he has had on this year’s team as well as the program in general.”

Barker is one of five Pilots to appear in all 16 games this season, starting in two of them. He was averaging 4.8 points and 5.1 rebounds in 18.9 minutes off the bench for Portland.

The Pilots currently hold a 11-5 (1-2 West Coast Conference) record. Portland had dropped the previous two WCC game to conference favorites Gonzaga and BYU.