UNI's Lucas O’Rear Out for The Season

University of Northern Iowa

UNI's Lucas O'Rear acknowledges the crowd of Panthers fans after practice at Edward Jones Dome on Thursday, March 25, 2010, in St. Louis. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

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By Jason Kristufek

CEDAR FALLS – University of Northern Iowa senior forward Lucas O’Rear has a right ankle medial malleolar fracture and will miss the rest of the Panther men’s basketball season.

O’Rear is set to undergo surgery this afternoon to fix the fracture. The typical recovery time for this type of injury is 2-3 months.

O’Rear has played and started in 23 games this season. He is the Panthers’ leading rebounder at 5.7 per game. O’Rear is also averaging a career-best 6.9 points per game this season. O’Rear has played in 119 career games, which ranks as the ninth-best total in school history.

O’Rear is one of 22 players all-time in the history of Panther men’s basketball to tally 500 points and 500 rebounds.

UNI (18-6 overall, 9-3 MVC) will play again Saturday at Drake.

- University of Northern Iowa

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