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March 13, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Overton’s suspension lifted; Holiday still a little foggy

Coach Lorenzo Romar confirmed today that Venoy Overton’s three-game suspension had been lifted, and he plans to play the senior guard on Friday. Overton sat out the Pac-10 tournament after he was charged with a gross misdemeanor for furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Overton, UW’s backup point guard, said it was difficult to watch Thomas play 123 of a possible 125 minutes the past three games.
“I’m just happy my teammates came through and we get to play another game,” Overton said. “I can’t explain how good it feels, just being in this environment again and all the support from the fans. It’s just good to get a chance to play again.”
Without Overton, Isaiah Thomas was forced to play all but two minutes during the tournament. Thomas was brilliant, but admitted he was exhausted from the heavy work load.
Romar said he’ll reduce Thomas’ playing to about 33 minutes and hopes the rest allows the point guard to be more aggressive on both ends of the court.
Meanwhile, Justin Holiday admitted that he was a bit gun-shy during the Pac-10 Tournament because he hasn’t fully healed from a concussion suffered March 5.
In Saturday’s win over Arizona, Holiday collected seven rebounds and played tenacious defender, but he was scoreless on 0-for-3 shooting.
“I really didn’t feel comfortable shooting them because of my concussion,” he said. “I was a little light-headed at times and I thought other guys could have made a better shot than I could have. It was really just being out there for the team. I wasn’t shooting as well and I wanted to make sure we got the best shot up possible in the game. And helping in ways I knew for sure I could get things done.
(How can you get better?) “Just rest. It’s most definitely gotten better. Resting all week. Other than the games. These couple of days of rest are going to help me most definitely. I feel better now than I did when we left. I feel that can get cleared up all the way and go out there and produce.”
(How close were you to sitting out?) “Was not close at all. I was going to play.”
(What about the testing process?) “They (the medical staff) could have told me no. It depended on how I felt. I did some workout stuff, running to see how I felt. If I would have said I was a little dizzy right now, they would have told me no. But I was actually good. Of course I’m not going to be 100 percent, but I knew what I was capable at playing at. The certain levels. I knew was going to be fine enough to play and help my teammates. Obviously if I was was to play and felt like I was going to just be out there and not help them, I wouldn’t do that to my teammates.”
(Do you feel any lingering effects?) “A little fogginess in my head right now, but nothing too serious.”
(Even before the concussion, you’d been struggling with your shot. How can you fix your shot if you’re taking time off?) “Just shooting with confidence. I’ll know for sure once my head is cleared up and once I’m shooting to see where it’s at. … Right it’s about having confidence and I think I’ll be okay. Especially when it comes tournament time. All you can do is do your best.”

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