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Cbc news reported that Ware jumped to contest a 3-pointer by Tyler Thornton. Ware's leg buckled when he landed, bending almost at a right angle. Nearly six seconds ran off the clock before the officials, at Pitino's urging, stopped the game with 6:33 left in the first half.
Louisville star Russ Smith heard the break and Chane Behanan, Ware's closest friend, couldn't believe what was happening.
"The bone was literally out. I saw white, it was literally out," said Behanan, who collapsed to his hands and feet at the sight.
The two spoke at halftime.
"He said `Don't worry about me, I'm good, I'll have my surgery tonight,"' Behanan said. "Go win it for me."