UConn's Akok Akok suffers season-ending torn Achilles tendon

UConn's Akok emotional after suffering leg injury (1:54)

UConn's Akok Akok returns to support his team after he was carried to the locker room following a leg injury in the first half. (1:54)

UConn forward Akok Akok suffered a complete rupture of his left Achilles tendon during the Huskies' win over Memphis, the school said Monday.

The injury occurred during the first minute of Sunday's 64-61 victory after Akok had blocked a shot and was running back down court.

The extent of the injury was confirmed Monday by an MRI.

Akok will undergo surgery later this week and will miss the remainder of the season.

Coach Dan Hurley was emotional discussing the injury after the game.

"It was a big win, but there's no joy in it when something like that happens in the first minute. Sports is brutal sometimes, life is brutal sometimes," he said.

Hurley also tweeted about Akok's injury:

The 6-foot-9 freshman played in all 25 games for UConn, starting 24 of them. He averaged 5.8 points and 5.5 rebounds and his 66 blocked shots lead the American Athletic Conference.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.