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Thursday, December 9, 2004
Guard has torn ACL in left knee

Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga guard Nathan Doudney will be sidelined the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Doudney had an MRI on Wednesday that revealed the tear, team trainer Jennifer Nyland confirmed Thursday. He'll undergo surgery within the next month. The normal rehabilitation period is about nine months, the school said.

Doudney, who became eligible this season after transferring from Texas Tech, was injured early in the second half of Tuesday's game at Washington State when he collided with the Cougars' Chris Schlatter in front of Gonzaga's bench.

Doudney had appeared in all seven games that No. 25 Gonzaga (6-1) has played this season, making four starts. He was averaging 3.3 points and 1.9 assists in 19 minutes per game.

"This is unfortunate for Nathan," coach Mark Few said. "We know he'll work hard to rehabilitate and come back even stronger than ever next season."

Freshman Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes replaced Doudney in the starting lineup for the past three games.

Gonzaga center Ronny Turiaf sprained an ankle in the win over WSU, but returned in that game and is expected to play Saturday night against Saint Louis.