VCU's Fameni needs mask after breaking nose vs. Duke

Updated: March 16, 2007, 8:19 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Virginia Commonwealth's Wil Fameni broke his nose in the Rams' 79-77 win over Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

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Fameni is expected to play when 11th-seeded VCU meets Pittsburgh in the second round Saturday.

Coach Anthony Grant said Friday that Fameni was getting fitted for a clear facemask, and is hopeful that it will be ready for the player to wear in time for Saturday's game, which starts at approximately 6 p.m. ET. If the clear mask is not ready, Grant said Fameni will have to wear some other type of protection.

Fameni was injured midway through the second half of the win over sixth-seeded Duke. With VCU down by 11, Fameni drove to the basket and made a shot while running over Blue Devils forward David McClure, who was whistled for a blocking foul. As he fell to the floor, Fameni's nose struck teammate Jesse Pellot-Rosa's knee.

Bloodied, Fameni left the court with a towel pressed to his nose. He returned with just under 4 minutes remaining but fouled out with 1:42 left.

Fameni has started 28 of the Rams' 34 games this season.

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