December 30, 2013 in Sports

Zags Bell out with broken hand

Dower, Pangos also dealing with injuries
By The Spokesman-Review
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Gonzaga’s, led by guard Gary Bell, Jr. (center), has won or shared 12 of the last 13 West Coast Conference championships.
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Gonzaga junior guard Gary Bell Jr. has a broken right (shooting) hand and will probably miss 4-6 weeks, Gonzaga announced Monday. Bell was injured early in Saturday’s win over Santa Clara. He played seven minutes in the second half, but didn’t attempt a shot. Bell was taken for X-rays and the diagnosis of a fractured fourth metacarpal bone was confirmed by a specialist Monday. Bell’s injury won’t require surgery. His hand will be X-rayed again next week to make sure it’s healing properly. “I was hoping it was a ligament or a strain, but it’s a fracture,” Bell said. He said he’s a “quick healer” and hopes to return to the court within three weeks. Bell is Gonzaga’s third-leading scorer at 12.7 points. He’s shooting 51 percent, 48 percent on 3-pointers, and connects on 81 percent of his free throws. He averages 3.2 rebounds and has committed just nine turnovers in 345 minutes.

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