Tuesday , Mar , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Charlie’s 48 goes to waste

(Sports Network) – Raptors forward and former UConn star Charlie Villanueva
didn’t even know his alma-mater was ousted in the NCAA Tournament until after
Sunday’s loss to Milwaukee.

An onlooker might have thought Villanueva was taking out his frustrations on
the Bucks in a 125-116 overtime loss. Villanueva dropped in a career-
high 48 points — just three shy of Vince Carter’s franchise record.

Villanueva sank 20 of his 32 shots and buried 6-of-11 from three-point
territory en route to a Raptors rookie record for points. He scored 29 points
in the second half, but the Raptors were outscored 16-7 in overtime.

The reason for Villanueva’s outburst was probably sparked by the loss of
star forward Chris Bosh, who left the game in the first quarter with a
thumb injury.

Bosh was apparently kicked in the hand and missed Monday’s practice. He is
questionable for Wednesday’s home game against the Miami Heat.

Toronto, meanwhile, signed free-agent center James Lang to a 10-day contract
and he is expected to play against the Heat.

The Raptors have lost two of their last three games and their schedule
doesn’t get any easier with Miami, Boston, Indiana and Detroit on the slate.