LOGAN -- A star went down, but thanks to some bench players, the Aggies weren't out.
Despite losing senior Brady Jardine to a foot injury in the game's first few minutes and trailing by as much as seven points early in the second half, Utah State (2-1) rallied to a 65-62 win over Southern Utah (3-2) Saturday night in the Spectrum. The victory was possible behind timely play from posts Kyisean Reed and Jordan Stone and swingman Steven Thornton. Their play was especially appreciated on a night that the Aggies' second star, point guard Brockeith Pane, shot just 5-16 from the field, and a third senior, Morgan Grim, was limited to 11 second-half minutes after picking up three fouls in just more than one minute of play.
The severity of Jardine's foot issue has yet to be released.
"We are not going to feel bad about a win, that's the first thing," said USU head coach Stew Morrill. "Obviously, we are a long ways away from being a very good basketball team and that is what I have been saying for a while. We have a lot of new people and some guys that are trying to find their way. They found a way and made some plays."