MSU wins, but Dawson leaves with injury

Michigan State wins by 20, 66-46, against Eastern Michigan, but loses senior to injury after a hard fall in the second half

Michigan State opened up an early lead against Eastern Michigan’s tough zone on Wednesday night and methodically worked its way to a 66-46 win.

But it was not all good news for the Spartans, as senior forward Branden Dawson went up for a dunk, but went down harder with 15:30 go to in the second half and did not return. He came back to the bench with his left wrist wrapped in an ice pack as it was deemed a sprained wrist.

The Spartans found some success against the zone as they hit well from 3-point range early, while Eastern Michigan struggled from the field. MSU had five 3s in the first half as the Eagles had just five field goals.

Trice Trice had nine first half points, while Bryn Forbes had six. Forbes finished with a game-high 14 points and Trice finished with 13.

Marvin Clark chipped in 11 and Matt Costello added 10 to go with nine rebounds. Freshman Javon Bess got his first game action, checking in with less than 14 minutes go to in the game. He missed the first 10 games of the season after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot before the season.

He finished with one point, hitting a free throw late, but recording five rebounds in just nine minutes.

Dawson hit his 1,000th career point when he hit a pair of three throws in the first half.

Michigan State shot 37.7 percent from the field on the night.

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