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.
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