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Friday, October 14, 2005
Knee injury sidelines Montana's Seyfert for season

Associated Press

MISSOULA, Mont. -- A knee injury will prevent basketball center John Seyfert from playing for the Montana Grizzlies this season, coach Larry Krystkowiak said.

The 6-foot-10 senior from Stevensville injured the anterior cruciate ligament, commonly known as the ACL, during a recent workout. Losing him for the season "takes some air out of our sails," Krystkowiak said.

"He was playing in open gym at the end of a workout and pivoted funny," the coach told the Missoulian this week. "Down he went."

Seyfert excelled last season as the Grizzlies built a record of 18-13 and went to the NCAA tournament in March, losing to No. 1 seed Washington, 88-77, in Boise, Idaho. He sprained an ankle during practice for the NCAA game and played against the Washington Huskies just briefly.

Known for solid defense, he averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Seyfert started the Grizzlies' first 17 games last season and played in 19.

"He caught a tough break at the end of last year in Boise," Krystkowiak said.

Losing Seyfert leaves the Grizzlies, whose first practice was scheduled for Friday, undermanned. Also not expected at the practice was redshirt freshman Jordan Hasquet, who has a stress fracture in a leg.

Seyfert's absence could result in immediate playing time for freshman Eric Van Vliet. Alternatively, the Grizzlies could have a small lineup with perhaps sophomore Andrew Strait in the middle. Strait averaged 8.4 points and 4.4 rebounds a game, and started four games last season.

"We have to find a way to get through," Krystkowiak said. "In the last month I've come up with some ideas that I wouldn't have thought we would have to do."