Knee injury sidelines Montana's Seyfert for season

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."