EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Most people call it crunch time, but Michigan State coach Tom Izzo refers to it as winning time. You can crunch or be crunched, but there is no doubt about winning being what you want with the game on the line.
Izzo loves having point guard Keith Appling at such times. He scored six of his team-high 15 points in the final 41 seconds of Saturday nights 59-56 win over No. 11 Ohio State.
Appling, at winning time, has been as good as anyone, Izzo said. We just need him to do it earlier in the game.
Appling, coming off four consecutive sub-par games against the Big Tens second-division teams, was scoreless until hitting a three-pointer with 6:33 to play in the first half.
The winning time compliment and his coachs need for a 40-minute game were relayed to Appling in the postgame locker room.
I just try to let the game come to me, said Appling, who smiled while leaning forward in a chair. I will not force it if its not there. But when its time to make plays, Im...