Thursday , Jan , 04 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Houston’s Smith will miss rest of season

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) – Houston Cougars guard Lanny Smith will sit
out the rest of this season as he recovers from a toe injury.

Smith played in just four games after preseason surgery on his left big toe
and averaged 7.8 points, three assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. He did not
play in Houston’s Wednesday loss to Kentucky.

“Lanny came up to me just before the game and told me he had decided to shut
it down the rest of the year,” Cougars head coach Tom Penders said. “He is a
preseason (Conference USA) selection and made a valiant attempt to try and
play this year. He has not been able to practice the past couple of days
because of the pain, even though we were just shooting most of the time.”

Smith said the doctor that evaluated his toe before the season didn’t think he
could play this year, but the senior decided to give it a go anyway.

“I guess I was hard-headed and thought if I could work hard enough then I
could play,” Smith added.

Smith started 30 games last year and became the 40th Cougar to record 1,000
career points. He is one of four guards in the program’s history to amass
1,000 points and 375 assists in their career.