Turnovers and poor outside shooting are plaguing MSU through the first half. But nothing is as frightening as seeing Keith Appling on the floor hurt.
The junior point guard appeared to have twisted his ankle with 2:04 left in the half. He went to the bench and did not return before going to the locker room with the team, but the MSU medical team checked him out quickly and didn’t give him much attention. We’ll see if he returns for the second half.
The Spartans already are without freshman shooting guard Gary Harris, and his loss showed as they struggled from the perimeter to hit shots.
Russell Byrd hit MSU’s only 3-pointer in the half, eliciting a Bronx cheer from the Breslin fans when it went down. However, he’s missed four others from beyond the arc as the Spartans are 1 of 7. They’ve also missed a number of mid-range jumpers, but hold a 20-8 edge in the paint.
MSU also has committed 13 turnovers in the half, leading to 12 of the Grizzlies’ 21 points.
However, Oakland is sub-zero from the floor. The Grizzlies went nearly 7 1/2 minutes without a field goal and are just 6 of 29 shooting, missing all 10 of their 3-point attempts. Okemos grad Travis Bader is 0 for 7 overall and has missed six shots from deep.
Adreian Payne scored six of his seven points during MSU’s 10-3 run to get some breathing room, and he’s also grabbed eight rebounds. Appling leads MSU with eight points, while Branden Dawson – whose shot isn’t falling – has six high-flying rebounds. He turned one into a full-court outlet pass and a Byrd dunk.