‘He’s a massive piece of this team’: BYU forward Dalton Nixon’s status uncertain after ankle injury as Cougars visit San Diego


BYU forward Dalton Nixon dunks during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Gonzaga won 92-69. | Young Kwak, AP

In the second half at Loyola Marymount Thursday night, senior forward Dalton Nixon crashed into the stanchion under the basket and fell awkwardly, hurting his ankle. Nixon got up quickly but it was apparent he was in pain as he hobbled around on the court.

SAN DIEGO — Nobody said getting back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years would be easy.

Throughout the season, BYU, which has its sights set on the Big Dance, has been dealing with a variety of injuries involving players like Gavin Baxter, Yoeli Childs and Jake Toolson.

Then in the second half at Loyola Marymount Thursday night, senior forward Dalton Nixon crashed into the stanchion under the basket and fell awkwardly, hurting his ankle.

Nixon got up quickly but it was apparent that he was in pain as he hobbled around on the court.

“He’s a massive piece of this team. We have to have him.” — BYU coach Mark Pope, on Dalton Nixon

What’s his status going into Saturday’s game (8 p.m., MST, CBSSN) at San Diego?

“He’s icing it right now,” coach Mark Pope said after the Cougars’ 77-54 win over LMU. “I’m really, really nervous.”

Nixon is averaging 7.8 points and 4.5 rebounds this season. But his value to BYU goes far beyond the numbers. Nixon is a team leader and provides a strong defensive presence. He’s always willing to crash the boards, take charges and dive on the floor for loose balls.

“He’s a massive piece of this team. We have to have him,” Pope said. “Hopefully, …read more

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