Aggies lose Jardine for the rest of the year

Dec 5 2011 - 10:44pm

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LOGAN -- Like any good coach, Stew Morrill never wants to give up on the game, or the season.

But with the prospect of not having star big man Brady Jardine for the rest of the season, Morrill is realistic.

The Aggies host Utah Valley at the Smith Spectrum this evening. USU has lost a pair of games, at home vs. Denver followed by a loss at Pacific.

"We're pretty fragile right now. We get knocked around a little bit and we don't respond," Morrill said. "We get taken out mentally really easily because we are inexperienced."

Utah State (3-4) returns home to host UVU (5-4).

USU is led by senior guard Brockeith Pane who is averaging 13.1 points and 3.4 assists per game, while redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin is averaging 12.4 points, and senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 11.4 points and 6.0 rebounds.

Utah Valley is 5-4 on the season after recording an 84-49 home win against Haskell in its last game. The Wolverines, who are 0-4 on the road this year, are led by senior guard Isiah Williams who is averaging 15.1 points, while senior forward Geddes Robinson is averaging 11.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

Morrill is not sure what will happen with Jardine, his key inside presence.

"It's a possibility (that he will miss the entire season). The injury is certainly worse than we thought, once it was retested and everything. He's out for an extended period and possibly the season. "Utah Valley always plays us physical. I am sure they look at it right now as their chance to get back at us and all of that. ... Brady was certainly a big blow, but we're not going to have him and that is just the way it is, we lost a good player.

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