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Gonzaga loses guard Gary Bell Jr. to a broken hand

Dec 30, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

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Gonzaga was dealt a blow to the early part of its WCC conference slate as junior guard Gary Bell Jr. was ruled out after breaking his right hand, according to head coach Mark Few on his radio program.

According to a report from The Spokesman-Review‘s Jim Meehan,┬áBell saw a hand specialist on Monday after the guard’s hand began to swell up following Saturday’s win over Santa Clara in which the junior guard was limited to only 16 minutes of play.

Bell is averaging 12.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and two assists while shooting tremendous percentages (50 FG/82 FT/47 3FG) across the board for the No. 24 Zags, and they are sure to feel his loss on both ends of the floor.

Gonzaga is also dealing with injuries to its other two leading scorers, as guard Kevin Pangos has been dealing with a toe injury for a month or so, and forward Sam Dower Jr. deals with a lower back injury. Dower missed the Santa Clara game and it is uncertain whether he’ll play against San Francisco on Monday night.

UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, head coach Mark Few expects Bell to miss 4-6 weeks while Sam Dower is out indefinitely,

  1. shockertalk - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Lord, what a turnaround! 9 months ago they were No 1 in the country, and now they may well need to win their conference tournament just to get into the NCAA tournament.

    I hope they heal and finish well. I hope their bench is talented and they don’t skip a beat. They are a great program.

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