Byrd gets into the mix against GVSU

Junior knocks down a pair of 3-pointers in Spartans' exhibition win -- and "looked good doing it," said Tom Izzo.

When Michigan State recruited Russell Byrd to come to East Lansing, Byrd was known as a prolific shooter.

While his time in East Lansing so far has been marred by injuries, the junior provided a welcome sight as he knocked down both of 3-point attempts against Grand Valley State on Tuesday.

"Somebody on our team says, ‘Hey, welcome to Michigan State. Nice to have you here,'" coach Tom Izzo said. "The poor kid has been through so much with all those injuries and everything.

"Hitting a 3 doesn't make the world change, but he looked good doing it. He looked comfortable and confident and he has worked his tail off."

Izzo said he liked seeing the way his team was pulling for Byrd, who had nine points in the Spartans' 101-52 win.

Sophomore shooting guard Gary Harris said it was great to see Byrd on the court knocking down shots.

"We are a team and we stick together," he said. "If one of us is doing well, we all do well. That's what we want.

"We're together as a team. It's not just a one-person sport. There's chemistry and camaraderie that we have and just cheering for each other is at an all-time high."

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