Heytvelt, Knight Undergo Surgery

Nov. 29, 2005

SPOKANE, Wash - Gonzaga University redshirt freshman Josh Heytvelt and senior guard Erroll Knight underwent successful surgeries Monday.

Heytvelt has three screws inserted into the left medial maleous (inside ankle) to repair a fracture suffered against the University of Connecticut in the championship game of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational last Wednesday.

Heytvelt had played in just three games this season - all in Maui - after rehabilitating a precursor to a stress fracture in the same foot. He had scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds in the Bulldogs semifinal victory over Michigan State in Maui.

Knight, who has yet to play a game this season and has seen limited practice time, underwent his second arthroscopic surgery in three weeks. Monday's procedure was more a preventative maintenance step to flush out his left knee after having a scope Nov. 8 that repaired a frayed cartilage.

Both procedures were performed by orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Arnold Peterson.

"We're still hopeful of having Josh return late in the season," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "Erroll's procedure was to help flush out anything in the knee that might be causing his pain. Everything looked good to Dr. Peterson. We don't know when Erroll will return, but we are encouraged it will be soon."

The Bulldogs, 3-1 and ranked sixth in the Associated Press poll and eighth in the USA TODAY/ESPN balloting, return to action Wednesday at 5 p.m. against Portland State University in the McCarthey Athletic Center.



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