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MSU pulls off imperfect but gutsy and critical win at Iowa; Gary Harris re-injures shoulder

IOWA CITY — That sort of performance won’t win the Big Ten. But Thursday’s 62-59 win at Iowa — one of snatching victory from defeat victories — goes a long way toward keeping the Spartans realistically in the race.

Appling, who had a rough day otherwise, was terrific in the final couple minutes (a runner and 4-for-4 at the line), as was Gary Harris, who we learned re-injured his left shoulder in the first half. It popped out again, according to coach Tom Izzo, and Harris said after the game he’ll probably have to go back to wearing the brace.

As for long-term ramifications of Harris’ injury, Izzo either didn’t know and didn’t seem in the mood to think about it. But obviously, beyond this critical win, that’s the story of the evening.

More coverage at LSJ.com and Greenandwhite.com later.

 

 

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10 Responses to MSU pulls off imperfect but gutsy and critical win at Iowa; Gary Harris re-injures shoulder

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Spartan 81 says:
    January 11, 2013 at 2:38 am
    Before the game I made this prediction

    Spartan 81 says:
    January 11, 2013 at 12:10 am
    MSU 67
    Iowa 62

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    I was off by a bucket but knew we would start out rough and pull it out with a slap the floor stand. Most road games will start our rough like this one. But mark my words this team will extend the NCAA streak to 16. 10-8 gets us in and this team should exceed that mark by a game or two, 12-6 , 23-9 and a 6 seed sounds about right.

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  2. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Clean shirt, new shoes
    and he don’t know which coed to choose.
    Silk suit, black tie,
    Iowa girls don’t need a reason why.
    They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
    coz every Hawkeye girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed Graham

    Gold watch, diamond ring,
    He ain’t missin’ a single thing.
    And cufflinks, stick pin,
    when he steps out of Carver he gonna do you in.
    They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
    coz every Hawkeye girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed Graham

    Top coat, top hat,
    He don’t worry coz Gannets expense account is fat.
    Black shades, white gloves,
    lookin’ sharp and lookin’ for some ESPN love
    They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
    coz every Iowa girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed Graham..

  3. avatar Jmr says:

    Actually Graham, it is exactly these type of wins on the road against the Iowa’s of the world that lead to big ten championships. You always seems to have a negative twist on things.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Thats because he had to get an oil change in Lawton

    • avatar MSUDersh says:

      It’s true these are the type of wins that lead to titles. Winning on the road over a team you should beat, but in a game you shouldn’t win. That’s the difference between 14-4 & 11-7.

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Actually winning the games like the one at Minnesota is what leads to titles, winning games like tonight are the swing games between 12-6 or 9-9

    • avatar AAsparty says:

      agreed, and it’s getting tiresome, how about something like “…we gutted-out a tough win in a hostile environment…” ? And as far as injuries go, we never had a chance without Kalin Lucas in ’09 either, did we?

  4. avatar MSUDersh says:

    At least one of Gauna, Byrd & Costello is going to need to step up and demand some minutes. Costello once again didn’t play, and Byrd & Gauna combined for a total of 9 minutes. We aren’t going to survive playing like Ohio State, where the top 7 play 230 of 240 minutes each game

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