Broken Wrist Sidelines Winston Brooks

Jan. 6, 2002

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University junior guard Winston Brooks will be lost to the men's basketball team indefinitely with a broken right wrist.

Bulldogs head coach Mark Few made the announcement prior to departing Sunday for Albuquerque and Monday's game against the University of New Mexico.

"It's unfortunate for Winston. He was starting to come into his own and we were looking for continued contributions from him during the upcoming West Coast Conference season," Few said. Brooks, a transfer from nearby North Idaho College, has experienced pain in the wrist the past couple of weeks, according to Bulldog trainer Steve DeLong. He underwent a bone scan Saturday that revealed the fracture. He is in a full-length arm cast and will be re-evaluated frequently.

The 6-0 native of Richmond, Virg., had appeared in all 14 games for the Bulldogs with one start against Eastern Oregon University. He scored a season-high 9 points against Portland State University, grabbed 4 rebounds against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and dished out 7 assists twice this season against PSU and EOU.

Brooks often teamed with senior Dan Dickau to give the Bulldogs a two-point-guard look, something that was successful in 1999 when the Bulldogs had the point guard duo of Matt Santangelo and Quentin Hall.

"Winston brings a different dimension to our team," Few said. "His absence will ultimately make the role of Dan (Dickau) and Blake Stepp all that more important. We lose some of our flexibility."

Following Monday's nationally televised game (ESPN, 9 p.m. PST) the Bulldogs return home to open defense of their WCC crown Friday when Santa Clara University visits for a 7:30 p.m. contest on FOX Sports Net Northwest, followed by a Sunday visit from the University of San Diego to be televised locally at 1 p.m. on KHQ-TV.



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