Dawson out 4-to-5 weeks with broken hand

Junior forward broke hand on a table in frustration during film session Thursday

Injuries continue to haunt Michigan State basketball.

Add forward Branden Dawson to the list after the junior broke his right hand in a spot of frustration Thursday morning and will miss 4-to-5 weeks.

The junior was watching film with teammates and coaches and the focus was on how he has been playing and how he can take his game to the next level.

"I kind of got frustrated with everything because I know I haven't been playing how I know I can play," Dawson said. "I got frustrated and slammed my hand on the table out of frustration."

He will have surgery around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. He said he knew pretty quickly it was broken.

"It was kind of a sharp pain," he said. "Russell (Byrd) took a look at it and told me it's broken. I couldn't make a fist or I couldn't straighten my hand out, so it was broken."

When he found out definitely from team doctors, he said tears came to his eyes.

"This team is really important to me and I love Michigan State and I want to be a part of playing," he said. "It was kind of something I did myself. … Just ready to go and come back even stronger."

Dawson tore his ACL late in his freshman season and made it back in time to start the following season.

"I went through an ACL injury and was out for close to 7, 8 months and I came back even stronger," he said. "I'll be out for 4 to 5 weeks. I am going to back even stronger. I'll be ready to roll come tournament time.

"I'm going to come back and do whatever it takes to help this team in the locker room, during the game and in practice to see those guys do great against Michigan."

The Spartans also could be without forward Adreian Payne for the fifth game in a row. He has missed the previous four with a foot injury and is day to day for Saturday.

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