But a late dunk against Saint Mary's quieted the home crowd in Moraga, Calif., in the closing minutes just as it appeared that the Gaels were about to complete a late comeback. Now, the slam is his crowning viral achievement.
The dunk came after a Saint Mary's score pulled the hosts within six points of USU at 65-59 with under three minutes left to play in the most crucial of the weekend's made-for-TV BracketBuster matchups. The loser would leave the building knowing that winning its league tournament would likely then be the only way into the NCAA tournament.
The 6-foot-7 junior was the beneficiary of a great find by Aggies guard Brokieith Pane, who drew a double-team from Gaels forward Mitchell Young while slicing down the lane. By the time Young whipped around to see where the pass went, Jardine's abdomen was in his face
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