EAST LANSING — This win will and should feel good for Michigan State. That’s tonight.
How the Spartans feel Thursday is up to Keith Appling’s shoulder, Gary Harris’ back, Travis Trice’s head and a couple of nicks MSU picked up in this 11-point win.
Appling appeared to dislocate his right shoulder in the final two minutes. He returned to the bench, jogging and all smiles with 40 seconds left. But he didn’t use the arm while high-fiving the student section on the way out off the floor. He finished with 14 points, three assists and only one turnover in 36 minutes.
Harris’ didn’t close to 100 percent, either, coming off back spasms suffered last Thursday, but scored 15 points and dished four assists.
Trice missed the game with a concussion. Adreian Payne missed time, Branden Dawson appeared to roll and ankle.
MSU only turned the ball over five times on a tough night and a night it showed its toughness. That’s how you stay in a the Big Ten race when things aren’t going your way.
As for the future … that’s Thursday’s problem.