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UCLA forward Travis Wear will play against Washington

March 08, 2013|By Chris Foster
  • UCLA's Travis Wear reacts after making a basket against Stanford.
UCLA's Travis Wear reacts after making a basket against Stanford. (Jae C. Hong / Associated…)

UCLA forward Travis Wear will play against Washington on Saturday, Coach Ben Howland said.

Wear left Wednesday’s game against Washington State after re-injuring his right foot. Howland said that Wear practiced Friday and “made a positive step forward.”

A victory over the Huskies gives the No. 23 Bruins at least a share of the Pac-12 championship.

The 6-foot-10 Wear is UCLA’s third-leading scorer, averaging 11 points per game, and second-leading rebounder, averaging 5.2 per game. He was injured in practice two weeks ago.

UCLA beat USC and Arizona State without Wear. He played 17 minutes in a victory over Arizona but exited the Washington State game with 15 minutes left and the Bruins trailing by eight. The Cougars won, 73-61.

“Travis has recovered pretty well, considering,” Howland said. “So we’re expecting him to play. We’re capable of winning without him, but obviously we’re a much better team with him.”

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