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Webb’s knee evaluated, status with Boise State basketball team uncertain

Boise State junior forward James Webb III holds his right knee later in the second half Tuesday against UNLV at Taco Bell Arena. He had an evaluation Wednesday, but his status is unknown for Saturday at San Diego State.
Boise State junior forward James Webb III holds his right knee later in the second half Tuesday against UNLV at Taco Bell Arena. He had an evaluation Wednesday, but his status is unknown for Saturday at San Diego State.

James Webb III had his right knee evaluated Wednesday after he left Boise State’s victory over UNLV on Tuesday night.

His status is unknown for Saturday’s game at San Diego State, but an update is expected to be given Thursday by the school or coach Leon Rice.

Webb was tied up after a rebound with 4:30 left to play against UNLV, and his right foot got caught beneath him, with his knee hitting the Taco Bell Arena floor hard. He was examined for a few minutes by trainers, in noticeable pain, but was able to slowly walk to the locker room under his own power.

He returned to the bench with an ice pack on his knee.

“He was walking afterward, I think that’s a good sign,” Rice said Tuesday night. “We’re going to be cautious, make sure everything’s good with him. You guys are no dummies, he’s a pretty integral piece to this whole puzzle. We’re keeping our fingers crossed there, because we need James Webb out on the floor.”

In the 81-69 victory, Webb had 17 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. He leads the Broncos with 16.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

Webb had 17 points and 11 rebounds in a 56-53 loss to San Diego State in Boise on Jan. 16.

Next game

Boise State (18-10, 9-6 Mountain West) at San Diego State (21-7, 14-1), 4 p.m. Saturday, (CBS Sports Network, 670 AM/93.1 FM)

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