Washington Huskies: Markelle Fultz Ankle Injury Nothing Serious

The Washington Huskies got a much-needed win against Oregon State, but all anyone was concerned about was the injury Markelle Fultz suffered near the end of the fourth quarter.

It’s not often a Washington Huskies‘ win will be overshadowed by anything else. However, that was exactly the case on Saturday night, despite a crucial 87-61 victory against Oregon State.

In fairness, it was with good reason, after Markelle Fultz collided with teammate Malik Dime, and was forced to leave the action with 2:22 left in the fourth quarter. As the rest of his teammates celebrated the win, Fultz was sat on the bench nursing an ankle injury. (Dime was in the locker room, receiving treatment for a finger injury suffered in the collision.)

Understandably, the media were keen to discover the extent of the injury to Fultz. Huskies’ coach Lorenzo Romar updated The Seattle Times‘ Percy Allen and his colleagues, during his post-game press conference.

Romar said: “I don’t think there’s anything major with Malik, but Markelle is fine. He tweaked his ankle, but we have a day off (Sunday) and don’t play until Thursday.”

No doubt this is excellent news for the fans, especially with how much the team relies on Fultz. He currently leads the Huskies in points and assists, while also ranking second in rebounds.

In this respect, the game against Oregon State provided further evidence of how important the 18-year is to the Dawgs. He finished the contest with a game-high 20 points, while adding five dimes and three boards.

With the issue of the injury suffered by Fultz put to rest, Romar was asked about the importance of the win, after starting the Pac-12 schedule with two losses: “Winning the game was one thing today, but the way we did it was refreshing.

“I just thought we did a lot of things the right way and had contributions from a lot of different players today. This is a great situation to use as a springboard.”

Certainly, the Huskies needed something positive to build around, as they prepare for the second half of their schedule. Nine of their final 15 games will be on the road, starting with Thursday’s trip to California, to face the Cal Bears.

What was your take from the Huskies’ first win this season in conference play? Has it given you enough confidence to believe they will have a successful campaign, or are you taking a wait-and-see approach at this juncture? Share your thoughts in the comments section.