EAST LANSING, MICH. -- The Michigan State Spartans managed to win without their starting point guard, but they hope they don't have to try to do so again.
Senior Keith Appling missed the first game of his college career Thursday because of an injury to his right wrist.
"He was crushed that he had to miss his first game," coach Tom Izzo said.
Travis Trice started in Appling's place, and MSU still defeated Penn State handily, 82-67.
Trice scored only four points, but had seven assists and zero turnovers.
"I know a lot of people were probably worried coming into this game when you don't have your point guard in there," Trice said. "I think we did a great job as a team just handling that."
Whether the Spartans will have to handle life without Appling at Wisconsin Sunday remains to be seen.
"I have no time frame," Izzo said. "I think they gave him something that is going to take a couple days."
Appling originally hurt his wrist in the Dec. 4 home loss to North Carolina.
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