Friday, November 18, 2005

Farmar and Fey Will Not Play Against Delaware

By Bruin Basketball Report

UCLA sophomore point guard Jordan Farmar and senior center Michael Fey, both injured in Thursday's second-round NIT Season Tip-Off Bruin 54-47 victory over Temple in Pauley Pavilion, will not play Saturday night when UCLA hosts Delaware State in a nonconference contest at 7:30 p.m.

Jordan Farmar, a Preseason Wooden Award candidate, sprained his right ankle and a Thursday night x-ray was negative. He is on crutches and wearing a walking boot.

Farmar also missed UCLA's first home exhibition game on Nov. 4 (groin strain) and freshman Darren Collison started for the Bruins at the point guard position.

Fey, who started 27 of 29 games last season, sprained and bruised his left shoulder and a Thursday night MRI was negative. He missed almost the first month of UCLA's practice with a severe groin strain and was cleared to begin workouts just last week.

Bruin senior center Ryan Hollins has started all four games for UCLA in the post.

"Jordan and Michael will be held out of Saturday's game vs. Delaware State," Bruin head coach Ben Howland said. "Their status will be on a day-to-day basis for the next few days, but we certainly hope to have them healthy and ready to play when we face Memphis in New York City on Wednesday."

The Bruins have been hit with a rash of injuries to start the season. Also injured are sophomore forward Josh Shipp (right hip surgery on Sept. 28-hopes to return for start of 2006 Pac-10 season) and freshman forward Alfred Aboya (left knee surgery on Oct. 28-could resume practice on Nov. 28).



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