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Thursday, November 25, 2004
Boise State down two players after arrest, stabbing

Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho -- The Boise State men's basketball team is down two players after one was stabbed in a Wednesday night fight and another was arrested on a felony theft charge.

Eric Lane, a 6-foot-1 sophomore from Los Angeles, was stabbed in the side. He has been released from St. Alphonsus Hospital, Broncos head coach Greg Graham told The Associated Press.

"He's very fortunate," Graham said of the 20-year-old Lane's injuries. "The seriousness of his injuries will keep him out up to three weeks."

Lane is now with family, who were in Boise for the Thanksgiving holiday, Graham said.

Police are still looking for the man suspected of stabbing Lane.

Other than saying it took place in downtown Boise, Graham wouldn't describe the details of the fight or where specifically it took place. The Boise Police Department did not immediately return a phone message left by The Associated Press.

The stabbing took place just hours after Lane scored two points for Boise State (3-1) in a 61-53 home win over Portland State.

Meanwhile, another Boise State player, Tezarray Banks of Paramount, Calif., turned himself in to Ada County authorities earlier this week after learning police were looking for him on suspicion of possession of a stolen credit card. He was arrested, but later released from jail.

Banks, 22, a 6-foot-8 junior, was suspended immediately and did not play Wednesday against Portland State.

Graham said the school has followed its policies governing such incidents after he learned of Banks' arrest. If Banks is convicted, he'll be kicked off the team, Graham said. ^------<

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