Bulldogs Fox Sidelined With Broken Finger

Feb. 14, 2003

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University men's basketball junior forward Richard Fox will more than likely miss the remainder of the regular season after suffering a broken left ring finger in Thursday's 73-49 victory over Saint Mary's College.

Bulldogs head trainer Steve DeLong said x-rays taken Thursday night revealed the fracture. DeLong said the bone was aligned well and he did not believe surgery will be required.

"We're looking at about three and a half weeks," DeLong said of Fox being able to return. "Naturally, if surgery is needed it could be longer but we don't think surgery will be necessary."

The 6-11, 275 pounder has started 17 of 24 games this season, averaging 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. He's shooting 55.9 percent from the field on 66-of-118. Fox transferred to Gonzaga last year from the University of Colorado and sat out under NCAA transfer rules.

The injury came late in the first half when Fox jammed his finger against another player. He left the game immediately, was examined at halftime and did not return to action in the second half.

After coming off the bench in the first six games, Fox got his first Gonzaga start at Washington State University and had started 17 straight games prior to being replaced in the starting lineup Thursday by Ronny Turiaf. Fox had four points Thursday in seven minutes. Gonzaga University men's basketball junior forward Richard Fox will more than likely miss the remainder of the regular season after suffering a broken left ring finger in Thursday's 73-49 victory over Saint Mary's College.

Bulldogs head trainer Steve DeLong said x-rays taken Thursday night revealed the fracture. DeLong said the bone was aligned well and he did not believe surgery will be required.

"We're looking at about three and a half weeks," DeLong said of Fox being able to return. "Naturally, if surgery is needed it could be longer but we don't think surgery will be necessary."

The 6-11, 275 pounder has started 17 of 24 games this season, averaging 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. He's shooting 55.9 percent from the field on 66-of-118. Fox transferred to Gonzaga last year from the University of Colorado and sat out under NCAA transfer rules.

The injury came late in the first half when Fox jammed his finger against another player. He left the game immediately, was examined at halftime and did not return to action in the second half.

After coming off the bench in the first six games, Fox got his first Gonzaga start at Washington State University and had started 17 straight games prior to being replaced in the starting lineup Thursday by Ronny Turiaf. Fox had four points Thursday in seven minutes.

The Bulldogs host the University of San Francisco Saturday at 6 p.m., then remain home next week for games Wednesday against the University of Portland and a non-league game Saturday against the University of Tulsa. Gonzaga concludes the regular season on the road Feb. 27 at Santa Clara University and March 1 at the University of San Diego. If the Bulldogs secure one of the top two seeds into the West Coast Conference Tournament they would not play until March 9 in a semifinal at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the USD campus. Gonzaga currently leads the WCC with a 9-1 record.

 

 

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