Gonzaga guard Gary Bell out with broken hand

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

With BYU and Saint Mary's struggling as West Coast Conference play gets going, Gonzaga is in its usual spot as the league favorite. But that doesn't mean the Bulldogs don't have their issues.

On Monday, Gonzaga announced that Bell will miss the next four-to-six weeks with a broken hand.

Bell suffered the injury in Saturday's win over Santa Clara, returning to play after initially injuring it. However, he only played 16 minutes due to swelling. Bell saw a hand specialist on Monday, with an X-ray confirming a fracture to his right (shooting) hand. He will get another X-ray next week.

The 6-foot-1 guard is averaging 12.7 points and 3.2 rebounds this season for the Bulldogs, shooting 50.9 percent from the field. He is third on the team in scoring, while also knocking down nearly 48 percent of his 3-pointers.

That's not the only injury for Gonzaga. Big man Sam Dower injured his lower back against Kansas State two Saturdays ago after a hard fall under the basket, and he hasn't played since. Dower is averaging 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Gonzaga suits up against San Francisco on Monday, and Few will need to rely on senior forward Drew Barham to take some of Dower's minutes. Meanwhile, former Providence transfer Gerard Coleman will look to break out with Bell out. Coleman started strong, but he has only played 25 minutes total in his last four games.

The Bulldogs are 11-2.

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