Forbes "popped it off" against Louisville

Michigan State junior transfer steps up in a big way with 14 points to get Final Four berth in his first year in the program.

With many of his teammates scattered around a celebratory locker room Sunday, Bryn Forbes walked to the other side of the room.

Away from his teammates, he pulled out his phone and opened FaceTime. On the screen was his 18-month-old son, Carter.

Genuine, pure joy spread from cheek to cheek for the Michigan State junior guard, telling his son he would be home soon. He promised he would pick up Carter when he got back to Lansing late that night and who could blame him for wanting to share the thrill of the moment with his son.

The transfer from Cleveland State had just played a major role in Michigan State’s 76-70 overtime win against Louisville to send the Spartans to the Final Four.

“It’s everything I’ve dreamed of,” Forbes said. “A little bit more than what I dreamed of to be able to just be in this situation and be a part of it.

”I actually played a big role in this thing.”

Forbes finished with 14 points, hitting four 3-pointers – three in the second half and overtime.

”He hit a few threes that were clutch,” sophomore Gavin Schilling said. “I’m so proud of him and happy for him.”

Forbes knocked down a three from the corner to start a 14-2 run, adding another to give MSU its first second-half lead, 54-51.

But his shot to open overtime was as big as any. Again from the corner, he took a pass from Denzel Valentine and let go of a perfect shot to give MSU a 68-65 lead.

“Bryn popped it off in overtime,” Valentine said.

Forbes drew a foul a couple possessions later late in the shot clock, hitting the first and making the second after a lane violation gave him another chance.

And the Spartans were off to a four-point lead to open overtime, one from which Louisville would never recover.

”He came here for a reason and that was because he can put the ball in the hole and he did that,” junior Matt Costello said.

The win – and chance to keep playing another weekend – was made even more satisfying after the season the Spartans had, Forbes felt.

”It was a rollercoaster and my first year being here and to see it like this, it was tough,” Forbes said. “It makes everything worth it. All the tough times we’ve had. All the blood, sweat and tears are so worth it.”

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