Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/1/14
Keith Appling, the team's smallest starter, is making some of the biggest plays for No. 15 Michigan State. The Spartans, though, might need his clutch contributions more than ever with another starting guard sidelined Friday night when they play Oakland in the Spartan Showcase. Michigan State (3-1) suffered a major blow to its backcourt Tuesday when freshman guard Gary Harris sprained his left shoulder one minute into a 74-70 victory over Boise State. Harris, the team's leading scorer at 16.0 points per game heading into the contest, is expected to be out two to three weeks. "It's a shame. Gary was playing so well, and then he goes down with a freak injury," coach Tom Izzo said. "We need to get him back as soon as his injury allows, but he is one of our toughest players." In the meantime, Michigan State still has Appling to help carry the load. The 6-foot-1 point guard scored a team-high 22 points against the Broncos, including a three-point play in the final minute to help th...
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