Skinner, Fox injured in Wednesday's win

Updated: January 2, 2004, 8:57 PM ET
Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga forward Tony Skinner and center Richard Fox will both be sidelined indefinitely following injuries received in Wednesday's victory over Eastern Washington, the team said Friday.

Both seniors will miss No. 16 Gonzaga's game against Montana on Sunday.

"These are two senior leaders who will be missed," head coach Mark Few said. "We have great depth, now it is time to prove it."

Skinner, a starting forward, suffered a broken right hand three minutes into the New Year's Eve win over EWU.

"He'll be re-evaluated in three weeks and we'll know more then," Gonzaga trainer Steve DeLong said.

Fox, who had been playing with an injured right knee, underwent arthroscopic surgery Friday evening. His status for the remainder of the season depends on what the surgery uncovers.

"We've been trying to rehabilitate him with therapy, but he re-injured the knee on Wednesday," DeLong said.

"He could be out for anywhere from two weeks to the rest of the year, depending on what has to be done to repair the meniscus," the trainer said.

Sophomore Erroll Knight or freshman Adam Morrison will likely start in place of Skinner against Montana. Freshman post man Sean Mallon will see more time because of Fox's absence, the team said.

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