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Phil Dixon, the University of Utah's star freshman basketball player, fell through a plate glass window in the student union building Thursday night and was hospitalized with cuts to the leg, Ute officials reported Thursday night.

Dr. Robert Burks, one of the team's orthopedic surgeons, performed exploratory surgery this morning to learn the extent of the damage to Dixon's leg.Dixon and a group of friends were apparently celebrating the end of finals and "got involved in a little horseplay" as they were walking down the hall in the Student Union Building about 7 p.m. Thursday.

"It was an end-of-the-quarter-I-feel-good-no-more-school kind of thing," said U. of U. police officer Mike McPharlin.

"Phillip tripped, fell into a window and managed to cut his leg quite severely," McPharlin said. "It was a nasty cut."

Friends rushed Dixon to the University of Utah Medical Center. "He told me the doctor told him he would require surgery, not just a few stitches," McPharlin said.

"He was pretty dejected when I talked to him," he continued. "He said he thought he'd probably be out for the season."

The accident occurred only hours after Utah Coach Rick Majerus underwent open heart surgery, and four days after starting center Walter Watts underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.

Dixon, who is averaging 10 points per game, had replaced Watts in the starting lineup. In last Saturday's Denver game, he scored 21 points, hitting five of six three-point shots.