Goggles bring good results for Valentine

Michigan State junior wears protective eyewear due to scratched cornea and goes 8 of 11 from the field in the Spartans' win Monday night.

As Michigan State practiced through Sunday morning and into the afternoon, junior Denzel Valentine was in and out of the eventful day.

The Spartans’ guard was busy having his left eye checked after he took a hit to it during the Spartans’ loss to Texas Southern on Saturday. As it turned out, Valentine had a scratched cornea and wore a clear contact and goggles Monday night.

“It was really blurry yesterday and I really couldn’t see yesterday,” Valentine said. “It just progressively got better over these past few hours. It’s pretty much normal now, just a little bit blurry, but by tomorrow I should be fine.”

It looked early Sunday like Valentine might not play against The Citadel, Izzo said after the 82-56 win. But the contact and goggles made the difference.

“Zel played tonight, his eye was blurry this morning, hell of an effort by him,” Izzo said.

Valentine said the feeling of playing with the goggles was a little bit different as they got foggy at times, but the results were quite favorable. He finished the game with a game-high 18 points on 8 of 11 shooting, leaving some to wonder if he should continue wearing the goggles moving forward.

“I’m going to have to take a vote or something like that,” he said.

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