Hofstra senior forward Malik Nichols suffered a knee injury that likely will end his college career during a win over William & Mary on Sunday, the school announced Tuesday. Nichols had played in all 20 games, averaging 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.1 minutes.

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“We are devastated for Malik,” coach Joe Mihalich said in a statement. “Malik is a huge part of our success this season with his incredible energy, and his contributions will be missed. Although he will not be on the court, we look forward to his energy and leadership assisting our team throughout the rest of the season.”

The loss of Nichols, Hofstra’s second-best rebounder per minute of playing time, is a major blow to a team that was using a seven-man rotation. The 6-6 Nichols was the top frontcourt substitute and an excellent defender, who could give fouls and add toughness.