Dennis Gates Out 2 Weeks with Wrist Injury

Feb. 6, 2002

BERKELEY - Cal senior guard Dennis Gates suffered a sprained right wrist in practice Monday afternoon and will miss the next two weeks of action, head coach Ben Braun announced today.

Gates partially tore ligaments in the wrist when he fell in Monday's practice session, doctors determined Tuesday night.

In addition to the Bears' home games vs. Oregon State Thursday and No. 13 Oregon Saturday, Gates will also sit out Cal's Washington road trip Feb. 14-16, with the hope of returning for the UCLA/USC series Feb. 21-23 in Berkeley.

Gates has started 13 games for the Bears (15-5 overall, 6-4 Pac-10) this season, although he came off the bench in Cal's contests against Arizona and Arizona State last weekend. He averages 6.1 points and 2.9 assists per game while leading the team with 36 steals.

Gates has missed at least two Pac-10 games due to injury each year he has been at Cal. As a freshman, he was on the sidelines for two games with bursitis in a knee, while a sprained knee kept him out for two games during his sophomore year in 1999-2000. Last season, Gates missed three contests following an appendectomy.

Gates becomes the third Cal player to miss significant action this year. Senior center Solomon Hughes was out four games in early January with a strained knee, while freshman forward Erik Bond will miss the entire season due to ankle surgery in December.

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