The men’s basketball game tonight between BYU and Utah State will be cancelled because an Aggie player is now in the hospital. Utah State says junior Forward Danny Berger was standing alone when he collapsed during practice in Logan yesterday.
Officials say Berger lost consciousness and stopped breathing. Team doctors reportedly revived Berger with an Automatic External Defibrillator at the scene. He was airlifted to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT last night.
Berger is a second year starter for the Aggies, who are 4-1 so far this season. He averages 8 points and 4 rebounds per game including an 11 point effort last Wednesday in an overtime win versus Santa Clara.
Rather than travel to Provo, many of Berger’s teammates spent last night visiting him in Murray. The team says he is in stable but critical condition.
BYU will now turn its attention to their game against Utah on Saturday. This would have been the first time that BYU played both Utah and Utah State in the same week since 1980. The Cougars have a 6-game winning streak against the rebuilding Utes, and the game Saturday will be at 7:00 Mountain Time in the Marriott Center.
There were plenty of fans camping out for tonight’s game and they will now have to wait until Saturday. While it is disappointing the game is cancelled, the fans agree that it is more than understandable and that everyone’s focus should be on Danny Berger and his health.
There is still no official word from BYU or Utah State as to whether or not tonight’s game will be rescheduled.
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