LSU’s Keith Hornsby has season-ending medical procedure, Johnny Jones says _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU guard Keith Hornsby (4) attempts to keep up with Alabama guard Justin Coleman (5) as he drives down the court in the second half, Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at LSU's PMAC in Baton Rouge, La.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones announced Thursday that senior guard Keith Hornsby had a season-ending medical procedure on Tuesday and didn’t accompany the team to the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Hornsby aggravated a sports hernia injury on Feb. 20 in a loss at Tennessee and was sidelined for the last four regular-season games. He held out hope he could return at some point, perhaps in the SEC tournament or in another postseason tournament.

But Hornsby told reporters on Feb. 28 he hadn’t been able to do any basketball activities while receiving treatment and it was painful to just walk or sit in a chair.

Jones made the announcement shortly after his team went through its final practice for its SEC tournament opener. Fourth-seeded LSU will play on Friday around 2:30 p.m. against the winner of today’s matchup between Tennessee and Vanderbilt in Bridgestone Arena.

Hornsby originally was injured in preseason workouts in the fall and underwent surgery on Nov. 3, just 10 days before the Tigers’ regular-season opener. He missed the first seven games, but returned to action Dec. 13 at Houston and poured in a career-high 32 points in a 105-98 overtime loss.

The Williamsburg, Va., native wound up playing in 20 games this season with 19 starts, averaging 13.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He averaged 30.4 minutes per game and connected on 89-of-182 field-goal attempts (48.9 percent) — going 39-of-94 (41.5 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc.

A 6-foot-4 guard, Hornsby scored 20 or more points seven times in his two-year career with LSU after playing his first two seasons at UNC-Asheville.

For his career with LSU, Hornsby played in 53 games with 52 starts and averaged 13.3 points and 3.7 rebounds a game.

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