Maurice Joseph out with Fractured Foot

Sophomore wing Maurice (MoJo) Joseph had a seat on the bench and would not play the remainder of the game due to an apparent foot injury. Mojo shot 2-for-4 from three-point for six points in the first half.

EAST LANSING - Everything seemed to be going just fine in the first half of MSU's win against BYU on Saturday afternoon.

That was until the Spartans took the court for the second half missing one of its pieces.

Sophomore wing Maurice (MoJo) Joseph had a seat on the bench and would not play the remainder of the game due to an apparent foot injury. Mojo shot 2-for-4 from three-point for six points in the first half.

At his press conference on Monday afternoon, Tom Izzo revealed that Joseph had suffered a stress fracture in his foot and would be out several weeks.

This news comes just a week after the Spartans lost their starting small forward Raymar Morgan to a stress fracture in his shin.

I feel bad for Maurice," said Coach Tom Izzo. "He had been playing better and was ready to take on a larger role with Raymar out of action.

Both Morgan and Joseph are slated to be out until Big Ten play starts on January 4 at Iowa.

Not only will they be out of action and not be able to improve as individuals, but as a team, we won't be able to make as great of strides in different areas, including offensive timing and execution, said Izzo.

Isaiah Dahlman replaced Joseph on the court on Saturday and scored nine points on 31 minutes in his first extended play of the season. Now Dahlman will have to step in and start for Izzo when needed to play some crucial minutes and contribute.

Izzo also mentioned possibly using a three-big starting lineup, where Drew Neitzel and Travis Walton would be in the backcourt while big-men Goran Suton, Marquise Gray and either Idong Ibok or Drew Naymick will start on the inside.

Having completed a stretch where they played 11 games in 30 days, the Spartans enjoy a week off before they host Chicago State on Saturday.


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