Ohio State center won't return this season

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State center Terence Dials will miss the rest of the season due to a stress fracture in his back.
The 6-foot-9 Dials played the first six games of the season, starting four, before back pain kept him out of the Seton Hall game Dec. 21. Tests indicated a stress fracture.
Ohio State will petition the Big Ten Conference for a medical hardship after the season. If it is granted, Dials would retain three years of eligibility beginning with the 2003-04 season.
As a freshman, Dials averaged 6.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 32 games. He set an Ohio State freshman record by shooting 62 percent from the field.
Dials averaged 7.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in six games this season.
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