UCLA guard Malcolm Lee has a sprained ankle and will miss Tuesday's game against Pacific, coach Ben Howland said after the Bruins defeated Pepperdine, 79-69, in the first round of the NIT Season Tipoff at Pauley Pavilion.
Lee, the Bruins' leading returning scorer from last season, injured his left ankle in the first half against Pepperdine. He had X-rays taken, but they were negative, Howland said. Other than that, Howland had little information.
"I'm not sure of the severity of it," Howland said. "But he won't play tomorrow for sure. He couldn't walk on it."
Lee's injury leaves UCLA with only eight available scholarship players. Freshman guard Matt Carlino is also out becaue of a concussion, though Howland said there is a chance Carlino could play against Pacific.
"I have a lot to talk about with our trainer," Howland said.