EAST LANSING, Mich. Keith Appling was a 40-minute man Tuesday night for Michigan State. A 39-minute man would not have been enough to beat a scrappy Boise State team.
Appling scored four points in the final 14 seconds of a 74-70 win in which he played every second.
Freshman guard Gary Harris, just the third Spartan freshman to score in double-figures in each of his first three games, was knocked out in the first minute of play with a shoulder injury that will require a MRI Wednesday morning.
Guard Travis Trice who allows Appling to move from the point to shooting guard at times has not played since experiencing concussion-like symptoms in the opener in Germany.
So, with two of the top three guards on the sideline, Appling was asked to be the man.
The Spartans were clinging to a 70-68 lead and had the ball with a six-second differential between the 35-second clock and the end of regulation time. Meaning they would have to take one more shot, which caused coach Tom Izzo to cal...