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ALEXANDRE SAZONOV MRI SHOWS MULTIPLE STRESS REACTIONS
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
RICHMOND, VA (02/13/02) - Saint Joseph's University men's basketball center Alexandre Sazonov has stress reactions in three bones in his left foot. The reactions, which were determined by an MRI result on Tuesday, February 12, have caused the 7-foot-1 Moscow native pain throughout the season, severely limiting his ability to perform. "Alex had shown a lot of courage, playing through what at times has been severe pain," stated Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli. "We have discussed the results of the latest MRI, and he is willing to try to continue playing through the pain. Practice, which has already been modified for him due to the injury, will be very limited." "His ability to play, however, will be a game-time decision for the remainder of the season." Sazonov, who had surgery in August to correct compartment syndrome, has seen his numbers nearly cut in half this season due to his injury. The SJU junior is averaging just 3,0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game as compared to 4.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last season. He still leads the squad with 27 blocked shots, but that is a far cry from the 65 he rejected a year ago.