DREXEL HAS LOST junior forward Damion Lee, a first-team preseason all-Colonial Athletic Association selection, for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Lee, only 40 points shy of 1,000 for his Drexel career, was injured midway in the second half of Drexel's four-point loss to Arizona last Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals. Lee is averaging 13.0 points per game.

With the 6-6 Lee sidelined, Kazembe Abif, Tavon Allen and Rodney Williams will receive more playing time for the Dragons (4-2). Abif, a 6-7 junior, is averaging 8.6 points and a team-leading 9.2 rebounds. Allen, a 6-7 sophomore, averages 12.5 points. Williams is a 6-7 freshman who swept 10 rebounds vs. Arizona.

"We all feel bad for Damion and what he is going through right now," Drexel coach Bruiser Flint said yesterday in a statement. "He was going to be one of the top players in the CAA this season. We know he will work hard in his rehabilitation to be back on the court next season."

Drexel plays its first home game of the season tomorrow at 7 p.m. vs. Cleveland State.

-Bill Fleischman