Around college basketball: Branden Dawson of Spartans injures hand hitting table

Friday January 24, 2014 5:49 AM
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Michigan State’s latest film session was a major flop.

Junior forward Branden Dawson will be out four to five weeks after suffering a broken right hand yesterday when he banged it on a table while watching video.

Dawson said he was reviewing film of the third-ranked Spartans’ win over Indiana with teammates and coach Tom Izzo and became angry with his play of late.

“I know I haven’t been playing how I know I can play, and I got frustrated and slammed my hand against the table,” Dawson said. “When Dr. (Jeff) Kovan told me how long I was going to be out, tears came down my eyes because this team is really important to me and I love Michigan State. I want to be a part of it, playing.”

Dawson was scheduled for surgery last night, and the Spartans (18-1, 7-0 Big Ten) will be without him for Saturday’s home game against No. 21 Michigan (14-4, 6-0).

Dawson ranks second in the Big Ten with 8.7 rebounds per game.

 

In addition, Adreian Payne has missed Michigan State’s past four games because of a foot injury, and Izzo said the senior center probably won’t be ready to play against the Wolverines in a showdown between the only Big Ten teams without a conference loss.

“His chances of playing Saturday are slim to none,” Izzo said. “When he’ll play is going to be strictly between me and him. The doctors are in it only to give me information. I swear to you, he’s champing at the bit to play.”

MEN’S HIGHLIGHTS

 

No. 1 Arizona 69, Colorado 57: Nick Johnson scored 18 points and Brandon Ashley added 15 to lead host Arizona (19-0, 6-0 Pac-12) over Colorado (15-5, 4-3).

No. 15 Cincinnati 69, Central Florida 51: Justin Jackson matched his career high by blocking seven shots, and Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points in a strong second half that carried host Cincinnati (19-2, 7-0 American Athletic Conference) over Central Florida (9-8, 1-5).

The Bearcats have held their past 27 opponents under 70 points, the longest active streak in Division I.

Penn State 58, Nebraska 54: D.J. Newbill scored 16 points to lead four players in double figures, and host Penn State (10-10, 1-6 Big Ten), beat Nebraska (9-9, 1-5).

Western Michigan 75, Kent State 59: Shayne Whittington scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures, and Western Michigan (10-7, 3-2 Mid-American Conference) used a 16-0 run to open the second half and coasted by host Kent State (11-7, 2-3).

Walsh 82, Ohio Dominican 54: Mark Minch scored 22 points, but Ohio Dominican (4-11, 2-9 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division) couldn’t keep up with host Walsh (12-3, 8-3).

WOMEN’S HIGHLIGHTS

 

Virginia 86, No. 6 Maryland 72: Kelsey Wolfe scored 24 points, and Ataira Franklin and Faith Randolph each scored 19 to help host Virginia (10-9, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) end a 14-game winning streak by Maryland (16-2, 4-1) .

Alabama 57, No. 9 Kentucky 55: Daisha Simmons scored 17 of her 22 points in the second half, including a layup with 2.3 seconds left, that lifted visiting Alabama (9-10, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) over Kentucky (15-4, 3-3).

No. 22 Purdue 90, Northwestern 65: Liza Clemons scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead host Purdue (14-5, 4-3 Big Ten) over Northwestern (12-7, 2-4).

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