Heytvelt Suffers Broken Ankle

Nov. 24, 2005

LAHAINA, Maui - Gonzaga University redshirt freshman forward Josh Heytvelt will be sidelined for the remainder of the regular basketball season after suffering a broken left ankle in Wednesday's championship game of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational.

The 6-11, 235-pounder from Clarkston, Wash., will have surgery Monday night. He will be in a boot for six weeks, then have 6-8 weeks of non-weight bearing activity.

"Hopefully we'll have him if we can make a run in March," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "Although he wasn't 100 percent, I think we saw in this tournament how valuable he can be to this team. He had worked hard to get over his other injury, and he was only going to get better. This is obviously a blow to our depth."

Heytvelt dove for a loose ball with 11:54 to go in the first half of Wednesday's game with third-ranked University of Connecticut and a Huskies player fell on the ankle in the ensuing pileup in front of the scorer's table. Heytvelt, who had missed most of fall camp and didn't see any game action until this week because of a left foot injury that was a precursor to a stress fracture, was taken to a nearby hospital for x-rays following the Bulldogs 65-63 loss Wednesday.

He was averaging 4.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 10.3 minutes/game in the three games in Maui. He had scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in Tuesday's 109-106 triple overtime win over Michigan State that put the Bulldogs into Wednesday's title game.

The Bulldogs are still without Erroll Knight, last year's Defender of the Year in the West Coast Conference, who continues to wait for a nagging knee injury to heal. He had arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 8 and frayed cartilage was repaired. Few and the medical staff were hopeful Knight would be able to play in Maui, but he was in street clothes the last two games after warming up on Monday but unable to play.

"We don't know when Erroll might be ready to go," Few said.

The eight-ranked Bulldogs, 3-1 overall after going 2-1 in Maui with wins over No. 23 University of Maryland and No. 12 MSU, will be idle until next Wednesday when Portland State University visits the McCarthey Athletic Center for a 5 p.m. contest.



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