Utah State loses pair of stars to injuries

Christian Petersen

Two of the Aggies three top scorers will miss extended periods of time after suffering injuries in the second half of a loss to New Mexico State on Thursday.

A hot start to the season will be hard for the Utah State Aggies to continue as junior guard Preston Medlin and senior forward Kyisean Reed will miss extended periods of time after suffering injuries last week, the school announced on Monday.

Medlin is the team's leading scorer at 13.3 points per game and will be out six to eight weeks with a fractured wrist. Reed is the third-highest scorer on the team at 12.1 points and the second-leading rebounder with 8.4 per game. He will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his knee. Both injuries occurred in the second half of a 64-51 loss against New Mexico State on Jan. 17.

"First and foremost is our concern for Kyisean and Preston. This is as tough as it gets and we hurt for them first and our team second," coach Stew Morrill said. "We expect our players to step up and compete, as we have a lot of season left."

Prior to the loss against New Mexico State, the Aggies had rattled off 13 straight wins and were sitting undefeated in conference play at 5-0. Since the injuries, they have dropped two consecutive conference games.

The duo score 40.5 percent of the Aggies' points, and the team has struggled to score a bit in their absence, registering two of its three lowest point totals this season in the last two games.

The Aggies missed the NCAA Tournament last year after making March Madness three straight years. Their next game is against the Texas-Arlington Mavericks at home on Thursday, Jan. 24.

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