Temple's Anthony Lee expected to play Friday

Temple's Anthony Lee expected to play Friday

March 21, 2013, 1:15 pm
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DAYTON, Ohio – When the No. 9 Owls take on No. 8 N.C. State at UD Arena in a second-round NCAA Tournament game on Friday, Temple expects to have Anthony Lee back in the lineup. How much court time the forward will get is another matter.

According to Temple head coach Fran Dunphy, Lee practiced with the team on Wednesday and “looks pretty good.” Dunphy said “the doctors are hopeful” that Lee will be on the floor against the Wolfpack.

“We’re planning on Anthony to play,” Dunphy continued. “How much? I don’t know. He hasn’t played, he hasn’t run that much over the last week. There’s a question there.”

A week ago, Lee was taken to a Brooklyn area hospital with concussion-like symptoms following Temple’s loss to UMass in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The redshirt sophomore reportedly experienced dizziness and nausea after being hit in the head during the first half of the game against the Minutemen.

Lee, who didn’t immediately inform the Temple coaching staff that he was feeling disoriented because he wanted to keep playing, made one of his four shots in 16 minutes that evening. He was released from the hospital the following morning.

The forward has been one of the Owls’ most consistent players this season. Lee, who averages 10 points, leads Temple in field goal percentage (53.5 percent, good for eighth in the A-10). He’s also the team’s best rebounder (7.0 rpg, 11th A-10.)

Some of his biggest games have come against some of Temple’s biggest opponents. Lee had 21 points and nine rebounds against then-No. 3 Syracuse in December, and he posted 20 points and 10 rebounds versus eventual A-10 champion St. Louis in January.

Lee told Comcast SportsNet’s Marshall Harris that he expects to play, though the forward echoed Dunphy’s comments and added that he isn’t sure how long he’ll be on the floor. Lee plays 24.4 minutes per game. If he can’t handle his usual workload, expect 6 -9 power forward Jake O’Brien to see increased playing time. That would also place added pressure on Scootie Randall and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson to handle more of the team’s rebounding responsibilities.

“We’ll play small if we have to and compete, battle as best we can if we have to,” Dunphy said. “[O’Brien] will give us the requisite minutes we need. If we need [freshman forward/center] Devontae Watson, we’ll use him as well. It’s hard to predict how long Anthony is going to go and how much he’ll give you.”

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