Violette Doubtful, Turiaf Probable For Saturday

Jan. 31, 2002

SPOKANE, Wash. - X-rays taken Thursday on the sprained ankles of sophomore forward Cory Violette and freshman reserve Ronny Turiaf were negative, according to Gonzaga University trainer Steve DeLong.

Violette is listed as doubtful for Saturday's re-match with the University of Portland at the sold out Chiles Center in the Rose City, while Turiaf is listed as probable.

"It doesn't look like Cory will play, but it appears Ronny may be able to go," head coach Mark Few said prior to Thursday's practice. "I didn't sleep very well last night wondering whether they had broken ankles."

The Bulldogs, who downed Portland 102-67 Wednesday in Spokane, will have a different starting lineup for just the fourth time when they take the floor Saturday in Portland. The starting back court of Dan Dickau and Blake Stepp, and the front line of Violette, Zach Gourde and Anthony Reason has started 17 of 21 games this season, including the last 10 games.

"I haven't even thought about who will start," Few said. "There have been games this year where we've had Anthony (Reason) and Alex (Hernandez) in there together, so you might see some of that on Saturday," Few said.

Few also didn't rule out the possibility of Turiaf starting if he is cleared to play.

"It will be a game day decision. We just have to wait and see what the trainers and doctors say," Few said.

The 7 p.m. contest will be televised in Spokane on PAX (UHF channel 34 and AT&T Broadband Cable channel 8), and on all Charter Communications Systems in Oregon. The game will also be aired on News Talk 1510 KGA in Spokane and on this web site.



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