Thursday, March 30, 2006

UCLA's Mata Breaks Nose (again) in Practice

By the Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- UCLA backup center Lorenzo Mata broke his nose during the Bruins' first practice after arriving for the Final Four, and will wear a mask in Saturday's semifinal against LSU.

Mata was seen by an ear, nose and throat specialist Thursday, although no X-rays were taken, coach Ben Howland said.

He was injured Wednesday night.

Mata also broke his nose at Arizona State on Jan. 7.

The Bruins planned to attend Thursday night's game between the Phoenix Suns and Indiana Pacers to see former UCLA star Reggie Miller have his jersey retired.

Miller played his entire 18-year career with the Pacers before retiring



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