Dickau Sidelined With Broken Finger

Dec. 1, 2000

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University starting point guard Dan Dickau will be sidelined four weeks with a broken left index finger suffered in Wednesday's loss at the University of Arizona.

Spokane orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paul C. Horn, M.D., examined Dickau following the teams' return to Spokane Thursday afternoon. Dickau was placed in a splint and will be x-rayed every eight days.

Dickau, a transfer from the University of Washington, thus will be sidelined Saturday when his former team visits The Kennel for a 5 p.m. contest.

"We're hoping four weeks is the extreme case. Bones heal differently with different people. Some people heal quickly, some take longer. We hope he doesn't fall into the longer category," Gonzaga trainer Steve DeLong said.

"We feel bad for Dan. After having to sit out last year after transferring and missing most of the previous season with an injury, this is an unfortunate setback. He is having an outstanding season and gives us a solid performer at the point guard. I think he proved Wednesday he is one of the premiere guards in the country with his effort against Arizona," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said.

"But we're also going to do what is best for Dan. We're not going to rush him back. When he does return to action we want him to be 100 percent. We look for him to have an outstanding second half of the season. Until then, he will definitely be missed. But I also have confidence in our team to come together to get through this next month of the season."

Dickau is averaging 16.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 5.0 assists per game.

Dickau suffered a fractured heel 13 games into the 1998-99 season that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Ironically, that injury also happened at McKale Center against Arizona.



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