Utah State’s bench took a hit Tuesday when it lost sophomore center Modou Niang.
The 6-foot-9 center from Senegal had a solid outing on Monday against Howard with six points and four rebounds in 16 minutes. But during warmups prior to USU game against Houston Baptist, Niang was on the sidelines with his left hand in a cast.
Niang suffered a broken bone in his hand against the Bison.
The timeline for his return to the lineup is not known at the moment and he will be evaluated further in the next day or two.
Niang was averaging 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game while averaging 9.3 minutes per game.
His absence creates a significant hole on Utah State’s bench. That hole might be filled by freshman Brady Jardine.
Jardine, a 6-7 swingman from Twin Falls, has yet to play this season and was expected to redshirt.