Dawson to play against Maryland

Michigan State gets senior forward back, but freshman guard Javon Bess suffers a setback

Michigan State will get a boost from the return of Branden Dawson as it opens Big Ten play Tuesday against Maryland.

The Spartans forward will wear a brace on his left wrist, which he fractured in the Spartans’ win against Eastern Michigan on Dec. 17.

”B.J, he will play,” coach Tom Izzo said. “He has been okay. He played with one similar and had a heckuva run there. It’s where is he going to be these next couple games after not practicing 10 days?”

Senior guard Travis Trice said Dawson has not had to sit out any drills since his return to practice and has been playing well.

”It speaks to how talented he really is that he can be out there with an injured had and still be just as effective,” he said. “He’s so gifted he could be injured all over and still be more athletic and more effective than most guys.”

While Dawson’s return is welcome, freshman guard Javon Bess suffered a setback after making his debut against Eastern Michigan. He missed the first portion of the season after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot and now suffered a twisted ankle in practice.

”He just came down the court, turned and no one stepped on,” Izzo said. “No one was near him. It was a freaky thing, so he practiced a little bit yesterday but didn’t do anything the rest of the time.”

Izzo said he will know more on Bess’ status after practice Monday.

”I thought Javon would be at least 80 percent by the time these Big Ten games come around and he will be less that,” he said.

Meanwhile, Izzo said sophomore guard Alvin Ellis’ ankle is at 95 percent.

”That ankle doesn’t seem to be a problem now for him,” he said. “He got some good reps in.”


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