Thursday, February 3, 2011

Northern Iowa loses Lucas O'Rear to Injury

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
Lucas O'Rear, the Northern Iowa Panthers (18-6, 9-3) leading rebounder with 5.7 per game, will be sidelined for the rest of the season with a broken ankle.

O'Rear injured his ankle in the Panthers most recent 53-51 win over the Illinois State Redbirds.

O'Rear was a key asset to a Northern Iowa team that is currently riding an 8-game win streak in hopes to make the NCAA tournament.

He averaged 6.9 points, to add to his team high 5.7 rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-6 senior forward's basketball future is in doubt, and O'Rear is expected to have surgery Thursday.

Northern Iowa sits at number two in the Mountain West conference and their chances of making the NCAA tournament was tarnished by the injury sustained by O'Rear.

The Panthers are back in action again against the Drake Bulldogs (9-14, 4-8) on Feb 5 at 1 PM ET.

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