Raivio Exam Reveals Nothing New

Dec. 5, 2005

SPOKANE, Wash. - Further examination Monday of Gonzaga University junior guard Derek Raivio revealed nothing that wasn't already known about his back injury suffered in Sunday's 99-95 loss at the University of Washington.

"It's a bruised lower back," Gonzaga men's basketball trainer Jennifer Nyland said late Monday after Raivio was examined by the doctor.

Nyland said Raivio will continue to undergo treatment this week. While his status is day-to-day, Nyland is hopeful he will be able to play when Washington State University visits the McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs had Monday off and will resume practice on Tuesday in preparation for the Cougars.

Raivio injured his back with 9:30 to go in the first half when he crashed to the floor in the key, landing hard on his back. He was x-rayed on site at Bank of America Arena following the injury, the x-rays proving negative but revealing the bruise. Raivio was unable to return in the second half after trying to warm up at intermission, but his back was too tight and painful for him to re-enter the game.

Nyland said Raivio was moving better on Monday than he was following Sunday's game.

Raivio is averaging 14.0 ppg and 3.0 assists/game through the first six games of the season for the ninth-ranked Bulldogs.



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