Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Temple's Lee listed day-to-day

Temple post player Anthony Lee is still listed day-to-day for Friday's NCAA tournament second-round game against North Carolina State in Dayton.

Temple's Lee listed day-to-day

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On his drive to the basket in the first half, LaSalle´s #3, Tyreek<br />Duren, center, runs into Temple´s #3, Anthony Lee but no foul was<br />called. Temple won 82-74. Big Five matchup. La Salle at Temple.  Game<br />action  02/21/2013 ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )
On his drive to the basket in the first half, LaSalle's #3, Tyreek Duren, center, runs into Temple's #3, Anthony Lee but no foul was called. Temple won 82-74. Big Five matchup. La Salle at Temple. Game action 02/21/2013 ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )
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Temple post player Anthony Lee is still listed day-to-day for Friday’s NCAA tournament second-round game against North Carolina State in Dayton.

The 6-foot-9 redshirt sophomore is dealing with concussion-like symptoms.

“He is going to do some cardiovascular stuff today. Then they will re-evaluate,” coach Fran Dunphy said before Tuesday’s practice. “Then they will do some other stuff tomorrow and re-evaluate. And hopefully he will be able to play on Friday. But that’s up to the trainer, doctor, play decision.”

Lee was taken to a Brooklyn hospital in the early-morning hours Saturday with concussion-like symptoms after Friday night's 79-74 Atlantic Ten tourney quarterfinal loss to Massachusetts at the Barclays Center.  The Maryland native had been dealing with a severe headache.

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Things only got worse when he took an elbow to the head on a hook shot in the first half of Friday’s game.  Lee became dizzy, nauseous and light-headed. He even passed out after the game in the locker room. About 12:30 a.m., an hour after the game, Lee was rushed to a hospital. He was treated and released before spending Saturday and part of Sunday at Temple University hospital.

Since Lee provides Temple's only true post presence, the Owls would be at a huge disadvantage without him.  N.C. State (24-10) boasts a talented front court in 6-foot-9 forward C.J. Leslie (14.9 points and 7.4 rebounds) and 6-8 forward Richard Howell (12.7 points and 10.7 rebounds).

“We will just have to do a lot of managing our lineup [if Lee can’t play.],”  Dunphy said  “Probably play small on occasion, which probably won’t be a whole lot of fun. But that’s what we will do.”

Lee is averaging 10 points and team-leading seven rebounds. He 18 double-figure scoring games this season.

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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