Forbes bounces back big late for MSU

Junior guard makes three big 3-pointers late to fuel MSU over Penn State on Wednesday. It was a bounce back from the first half.

At a dead ball in Wednesday’s game against Penn State, Bryn Forbes took a 3-pointer after the whistle. It went through the hoop. It didn’t count, but it mattered to Forbes.

The junior guard went on to hit his final three 3-point attempts down the stretch as Michigan State won 66-60 against the Nittany Lions.

“It’s always good to see it go in,” Forbes said. “I actually got to see one go in before it really counted because of one of the fouls. That always helps.

”I had a feeling I was going to come back and bounce back. I usually do.”

It was the type of bounce back that Forbes needed on a night that Michigan State needed it. He had not made more than two 3-pointers since a win against Eastern Michigan in December and had not even attempted more than three in the previous three games.

He missed his first three attempts Wednesday, but that did not deter him from continuing to shoot.

“The key is just keeping your confidence,” he said, “and knowing the next one is going in and not letting a miss bother you because I know I’m going to get three or four or five more shots.”

He got those shots and made the most of them.

”Bryn missed a bunch of shots in the beginning and everyone was telling him, ‘Man, hit the next one,’” junior Matt Costello said. “When there was a dead ball, he hit that 3 and I was like that’s all you need, he needs to see it go in. so we kept kicking it to him and whack, whack and that helped us a lot.”

Forbes’ first 3 put MSU ahead 44-41, but Penn State’s D.J. Newbill came right back with a 3. His second again put MSU ahead by three, 49-46, but Penn State’s Shep Garner responded with a 3 to even it again.

His third came after a technical to Penn State coach Pat Chambers and put MSU ahead 57-51 – this time with no response.

”Bryn is one of the best shooters in the country, hands down one of the best shooters I’ve ever been around,” senior Travis Trice said. “You know if he’s missing, sooner or later it’s going to fall and in the second half he started getting going.

”We have a lot of confidence in Bryn and he needs to keep shooting and we are going to start finding him.”


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