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UW's Larry Nance Jr. says surgically repaired right knee is fine and he will play Saturday

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LARAMIE, Wyoming — Wyoming forward Larry Nance Jr. says his surgically repaired right knee is fine and plans to play Saturday against Boise State.

Nance said some scar tissue popped in his knee late in the first half of UW's 60-54 win at Colorado State on Wednesday.

He played in the second half and had a team-best 15 points, but he wasn't nearly as effective.

Nance tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a Feb. 18 home game last year against Fresno State and had surgery in March.

"When you break up that scar tissue — and you're supposed to — you feel a pop. It's similar to the pop I felt when I hurt it," Nance told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle (http://bit.ly/1AB8wJS ). "I felt the pop and got scared. I was mentally out of it, but I'm all right."

Nance said the knee is sore but not swollen.

Asked if he will start in Saturday's home game against Boise State, he said: "That's a no-brainer. I'll be in that game."

UW (14-2 overall, 3-0 Mountain West) hosts Boise State (10-5, 0-2) at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.

Coach Larry Shyatt said UW's trainer looked at Nance's knee both at halftime and on the bus ride home from CSU and found it to be fine.

"It was a scare, and rightfully so," Shyatt said. "We iced it on the bus ride home, but he was given another test by our trainer to make sure everything was fine, and it was fine.

"I think it was the jostling in the post. (CSU) is a very physical team. (Nance) was worried, and I could see it on his face. But we got through it. It was another important test for (Nance)."

Nance has started in all 16 games this season, and shown the form that earned him First Team All-MW honors and a spot on the league's all-defensive team last season.

He leads UW in scoring (15.6 points per game), rebounding (6.5) and blocked shots (1.1). Nance also is shooting 58.1 percent from the field, is second on the team in steals (20) and third in assists (36).


Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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