Men's Basketball mlive.com —  After Michigan State fought back to tie the game late in regulation, Texas Southern went up by four after making a short jumper with 2:32 left in overtime. It held on to its lead by making free throws down the stretch, and the Spartans never got to within a basket as they continued their game-long offensive struggles.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Everything you need to know for the Spartans' 5 p.m. Saturday tipoff against the Tigers.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Jim Boylen joined the Spurs as an assistant coach at the start of the 2013-14 season after two seasons with the Indiana Pacers. He previously had two stints on the Michigan State coaching staff, the first under Jud Heathcote from 1987-92, alongside Izzo, and the second under Izzo from 2005-07. When Izzo and Boylen sat down over the summer and talked about a few topics, the Spartans head coach had some questions the Spurs' famous ball movement.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  For a little less than 25 minutes on Wednesday night, Michigan State was finally at full strength. Well, maybe not quite full strength, but for the first time all season every player on the roster was available as freshman Javon Bess was set to make his season debut after missing the first 10 games because of a broken foot.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Standing in Tom Izzo's office with shaking hands and wobbly knees, Kenny Goins looked to the man he had grown up idolizing. It was February of his senior year of high school, and not even Goins could have imagined what the next 10 months of his life would bring.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State basketball appears on the verge of starting its fifth different lineup of the season on Saturday, and if anyone knows how to deal with that, it's junior captain Denzel Valentine. "You just always have to find a way to adjust,'' Valentine said on Wednesday night, "and play with who you got.''
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Who said this season's Michigan State basketball team couldn't outdo last season's Michigan State team? The 2013-14 Spartans had all their players for 19 of 38 games. The 2014-15 Spartans will have all their players for less than one of the season's first 13 games – just shy of 25 minutes, to be exact.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State continues its seven-game homestand as it hosts Texas Southern. The Spartans are looking to improve on their perfect 5-0 record at Breslin Center. This is the third meeting between the Spartans and Tigers in the last four seasons.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  With its senior NBA prospect and former McDonald's All-American forward out with another injury, Michigan State will once again turn to its freshman three-star recruit with little basketball experience. Marvin Clark is likely to return to the starting lineup Saturday against Texas Southern and Monday against The Citadel, while Branden Dawson recovers from a fractured wrist. Discuss »
Men's Basketball onlyfans.cstv.com —  Branden Dawson suffered a stable, non-displaced fracture on his left wrist. He will miss Michigan State's next two games, and could be back in action for the start of the Big Ten season.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  For 24 minutes and 29 seconds of game time Wednesday night, Michigan State finally had a full squad available. Forward Javon Bess was on the bench and available after his broken foot healed. Guard Alvin Ellis was in his fourth game back from a sprained ankle and at 95 percent. Even guard Bryn Forbes was playing without a wrist brace for the first time. Then senior forward Branden Dawson hit the floor.
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Men's Basketball bleacherreport.com —  Michigan State clicks when Bryn Forbes and Matt Costello are clicking—look no further than the Spartans’ 66-46 victory Wednesday night over Eastern Michigan for proof of that.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Denzel Valentine said he was more worried about the scoreboard than his scoring column on Wednesday night at Breslin Center. "We decided we weren't going to be one of the teams to get upset and be on SportsCenter and everyone is talking about you,'' Valentine said. "We have enough losses already -- we don't need any more.''
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Turns out the 2-3 zone wasn't the scariest thing about Michigan State's game with Eastern Michigan. Michigan State (8-3) pulled away late in the first half for an easy 66-46 home win over the Eagles, who came into the game 8-1.

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Javon Bess makes debut, shows toughness with five boards MLive
Out of the scariest moment of Michigan State's season was born the debut of the Spartans' most anticipated player. Spartans forward Branden Dawson went down with a wrist injury with 15 minutes left in the second half against Eastern Michigan and didn't return to the game. A minute later, with the Spartans' rotation thinned, freshman Javon Bess made his Michigan State debut.

Javon Bess makes debut; new position in future? Detroit Free Press
Javon Bess has been preparing to play a wing position – shooting guard or small forward, often interchangeable in Michigan State's system – all fall. So now that you're back on the court, Javon, how does power forward sound? "If coach asks me to, that's what I'll do," Bess said after making his season debut Wednesday in MSU's 66-46 rout of Eastern Michigan. "I don't think it would be too big of a transition."

Eagles Clipped in East Lansing Impact Sports
Riding high off of a defeat of a 45-42 defeat of the Michigan Wolverines, the Eagles of Eastern Michigan came into East Lansing with an upset mindset. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the men of Sparta were in no mood to be a headline upset. The final score was 66-46 MSU.

No. 25 Michigan State Tops Eastern Michigan, 66-46 MSUSpartans.com
Branden Dawson went up for what would have been an emphatic dunk - a brief highlight in a game without very many of them. But before he could slam the ball through the hoop, Dawson was fouled and landed hard on the court. He then left the game and didn't return. "Every time I feel good about (the team), there's something else that goes wrong," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "It looks like just a bad sprain so far."

MSU rolls past EMU; Branden Dawson injured Detroit News
Tom Izzo said if you would have told him before Wednesday's game against Eastern Michigan that Michigan State would win by 20 points, he would have been as "happy as 10 men." But it was difficult for Izzo to have those types of emotions after No. 25 Michigan State's 66-46 victory over Eastern Michigan at the Breslin Center. That's because early in the second half, senior forward Branden Dawson left the game with a left wrist injury and did not return to the game.

Branden Dawson sprains wrist vs. Eastern Michigan, timeframe uncertain MLive
randen Dawson suffered a sprained left wrist in the second half of his team's 66-46 win Wednesday over Eastern Michigan and his time frame for returning is uncertain, Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. Izzo said he will be re-evaluated Thursday. "He's going to miss some time here there's no question," Izzo said. "I just don't know how much.

Michigan State basketball puts away Eastern Michigan isportsweb
Coming into Wednesday night’s contest, the No. 25 Michigan State Spartans (8-3) knew it wouldn’t be the easiest of rides going up against the relentless zone defense of the Eastern Michigan Eagles (8-2). But in the end, the Spartans did enough to eventually break the zone and come away with a 66-46 victory over the Eagles.

Spartans Clip Eagles But Lose Dawson 247Sports
Michigan State deserved to fully enjoy its 66-46 win over Eastern Michigan Wednesday night. For a while, it looked like that wouldn’t be possible. Not with Branden Dawson in the locker room having suffered a nasty spill with 15:30 remaining in the second half.

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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  It's hard to imagine Bryn Forbes can shoot the ball better. In the last three games, the Michigan State junior is 10-for-13 on 3-pointers and is third in the Big Ten, shooting 51.1 percent from long range. It's all happened as the brace protecting his broken left hand has shrunk. But on Wednesday against Eastern Michigan, the brace was gone, and Forbes couldn't have been happier.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Let's be honest. Eastern Michigan is a little bit of a kindred spirit to MSU. Even apart from the green colors, the best way I can explain the WMU-CMU-EMU rivalry triangle is with CMU playing Michigan, WMU playing Ohio State, and EMU playing Michigan State. It ain't easy being green.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  It's been a long time coming for Javon Bess, but the freshman guard will make his debut on Wednesday against Eastern Michigan. Bess, a Yahoo! Sports three-star recruit who has been described as a "diamond in the rough" by head coach Tom Izzo, was a potential starter before undergoing surgery on his right foot in late October.
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Men's Basketball collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com —  Michigan State lost Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Adreian Payne from last season’s national title contender, but the Spartans have remained in the top 25 in 2014-15 thanks in-part to the nation’s most efficient team three-point shooting percentage. The injury-depleted Spartans haven’t looked the part of an offensive juggernaut early this season, but they’ve maintained a 7-3 record while shooting 45.6 percent from three-point range. While Michigan State is 68th in three-point attempts at 204 — entering Tuesday night’s action — they’re 11th in makes at 93 on the season.
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