November 30, 2011
V-Cast: MSU Hoop analysis
EAST LANSING - Michigan State clinched the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the Big Ten with a 16-point win over Florida State at the Breslin Center on Thursday Night. Michigan State cheerleader Taylor Young is at Sparrow Hospital in stable condition after a frightening fall during a first-half time out. The 21-year old junior from Twin Lake, Mich., is expected to make a full recovery and is at Sparrow for observation purposes only.
The Spartan victory gave the Big Ten its third straight victory in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Keith Appling led the Spartans with a career-high 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting. The talented sophomore was 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and added seven rebounds.
Seniors Draymond Green and Brandon Wood scored 16 points apiece in the 65-49 victory. Green went over the 1,000-point scoring plateau for his career on a 3-pointer in the second half. Wood had his first career double-double at Michigan State with 10 rebounds.
Senior Austin Thornton does not have a broken jaw as was previously feared by Michigan State medical personnel. Thornton played eight strong minutes in the first half against FSU before leaving the game with what appeared to be a broken jaw.
After post-game interviews SpartanMag.com staffers Jim Comparoni and Paul Konyndyk break down Michigan State's first big win over the year against a Florida State team that has athleticism, length, and came into the season as a potential dark horse to win the ACC behind conference frontrunners North Carolina and Duke.
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