“He saved my brother’s life and I thank God for him,” John Berger said, tearing up as he read the statement.
Danny Berger was born in Fort Collins, Colo., and went to high school in Medford, Ore. He played basketball at Chemeketa Community College in Oregon before coming to play for Utah State. The junior is a starter at forward and averages 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds.
A game scheduled for Wednesday night between Utah State and Brigham Young in Provo was postponed because of Berger’s condition, school officials said. No date has been selected to play the game.
Utah State’s home game against Western Oregon will go on as scheduled, Barnes said.
BYU head coach Dave Rose said he was 100 percent behind the decision to postpone the game.
“That’s an emotional thing for the players and an emotional thing for the coaches,” Rose said. “Even though they got him breathing before he left the gym, I think it would still have a really emotional effect on your team.”
“They are holding each other up through this thing,” Barnes said. “At a time like this, the actual athletic event takes a back seat.”
Messages of thoughts and prayers have been pouring in from fans and universities across the country, Barnes said. About the support, John Berger said, “I know that you have made a difference in keeping my brother alive.”
Students at the campus in rural Logan were stunned by the turn of events as they prepared for the big rivalry game with BYU, which will be rescheduled.
“Everybody is in shock, and in awe of how it can happen to such a good guy,” said Karson Kalian of Utah State’s HURD student section. “He is one of the hardest-working people on the court. He’s got a lot of determination and shows a lot of heart.”
He praised BYU for postponing the game, saying, “Life is more important than basketball.”View Entire Story
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