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No timetable for Lacy's return

From Pullman -- Apart from a brief appearance against Arizona State, the Washington State men's basketball team has been without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy since the Cougars' loss to UTEP on December 21. During shoot around before their next game against Mississippi Valley State, Lacy felt pain in his torso and was taken to the hospital, where an appendectomy was performed. After missing the Arizona game, Lacy made a brief comeback against the Sun Devils, but left midway through the first half with a separate rib injury and missed the Colorado game.

We've got an update on Lacy's status, after the jump.

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The Cougars won't have Lacy for awhile, and coach Ken Bone said before practice on Friday that there is no timetable yet for when Lacy will be able to return to practice. Even when that happens, it will still take some time for the junior to work himself back into game shape.

"I'm sure it's going to be him coming back and then playing in stages, maybe get 20 or 30 minutes in one practice, maybe the next day 45, maybe the next day almost the whole practice," Bone said. "It's going to take a little bit of time for him to get back at 100 percent, and I don't even know when that process begins"

Bone said that right now Lacy is "laid up" and will meet with doctors soon to determine a timeline for when he may be able to resume basketball activity.

The Cougars struggled without Lacy against the Arizona schools, combining to score just 72 points in the two games. But the offense found life against No. 15 Colorado on Wednesday in Spokane, scoring 70 points in the overtime loss.

​"I think it's always important to see what you can do without one of your better players," Bone said. "And I think the guys should be, not content, but I think they should recognize the fact that we did some good things even without him at this time."




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Jacob Thorpe
Sports reporter Jacob Thorpe covers Washington State University athletics. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

















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