Utah State did not play at BYU on Wednesday night in men’s basketball as scheduled.
The 229th meeting between in-state rivals was officially postponed Wednesday morning. The contest took a back seat to the Aggies dealing with a traumatic experience.
Aggie starting forward Danny Berger collapsed during practice on Tuesday, was revived on the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum court and eventually flown to the Intermountain Health Center in Murray. Wednesday he was still listed in critical condition, but had showed improvement after suffering a full cardiac arrest.
BYU and USU are still in discussion on rescheduling the game, said Aggie Athletics Director Scott Barnes during a press conference Wednesday evening. USU is planning on playing its scheduled game at home against Western Oregon on Saturday.
“There are a number of options, given the impact of the schedule and the conference schedule looming,” Barnes said of finding a date to play BYU. “Anywhere we can fit it in.”
The Aggies did not practice Wednesday. Many of the players were in Murray with their teammate.
“This has been very traumatic for them,” Barnes said. “They are very, very concerned. They were shocked. We have offered counseling for anybody that needs it. The main issue was to understand what had happened, where Danny was. That was the main concern.
“... I think his teammates feel much better at this point and time.”
The athletic director did not know when the team would resume practice in preparation for Saturday’s game.
Barnes said USU head coach Stew Morrill has been very concerned and emotional. The coach has been by the side of Berger most of the time.
“There’s a man that cares very deeply for that student-athlete,” Barnes said of Morrill.