Temple's Anthony Lee cleared to play after concussion test

Temple's Anthony Lee cleared to play after concussion test
March 17, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Temple sophomore center Anthony Lee says he's been cleared to play in the Owls' NCAA tournament game against eighth-seeded N.C. State on Friday following a weekend trip to the hospital.

Lee played 16 minutes on Friday night in Temple's A-10 quarterfinal loss to UMass, recording just two points and two rebounds. After the game, Lee passed out in the Temple locker room and was taken to a Brooklyn-area hospital with concussion-like symptoms.

Lee was released on Saturday and then headed back to North Philadelphia where he underwent a series of tests at Temple University Hospital.

"There was no sign of a concussion," Lee said. "Just a lot of blows up to my head I was taking in practice and then the game just kind of took its toll on me.

"It was just a combination of headaches I had. Throughout the week I had sinus issues, and my head was just bothering me a little bit. The [combination] of the running and all of that just kind of overwhelmed me at the end of the game."

His coach, Fran Dunphy, was tight-lipped when asked about Lee's status.

"He seems to be pretty good, pretty good," he said.

Will Lee play Friday?

"I assume so," Dunphy responded.

Temple is going to need Lee at full strength if they hope to contain the Wolfpack's C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell (see story). The 6-foot-9 Leslie scores a team-high 14.9 points per game for N.C. State and the 6-8 Howell led the ACC with 10.7 rebounds. Both shoot better than 50 percent from the field.

Lee has struggled with injury issues over the last few weeks, previously dealing with a hip pointer. He missed the Owls' March 2 game against Rhode Island because of the hip and has played an average of 19 minutes over his last five games, including Friday night.

"Overall, I'm a little beat up," Lee said. "I just need to take care of my body and prepare well for games and not go so extremely hard in practice because I've got to save myself for the game.

"I think that's what it is. Every time I've had an injury it's been in practice and not in the game."

Lee was asked what it's going to take to beat N.C. State on Friday and hopefully make a run in the NCAA tournament.

"We gotta play with a lot of toughness," he said.

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