Dawson out for season with torn ACL

As if the loss to Ohio State was not enough, Michigan State lost its freshman star Branden Dawson to a torn left ACL.He will be out for the rest of the season.

Dawson went down with the injury with 10:16 remaining in the first half. When he went out, MSU was ahead 24-9. The Buckeyes outscored the Spartans by 17 the rest of the way — including 21 points from William Buford (who Dawson was guarding) after that point.

Dawson had an MRI before the end of the game and it was announced he would not return. He was seen with an ice pack on the knee.

LSJ’s Joe Rexrode got the report from MSU basketball spokesperson Matt Larson.

So, what does this mean? Well, first you hope the best for him in his recovery. His strength is in his ability to cut to the hoop and move side to side, so you hope he makes a fully recovery.

For the rest of MSU’s games, it means a lot more Brandan Kearney and Brandon Wood likely will return to the starting lineup. Russell Byrd also will see more playing time.

MSU has struggled to get offensive rebounds lately — and has been outrebounded in three of its past four — and losing Dawson will not help that. Kearney, Wood and Byrd will have to be on the glass well.

This will serve as a job audition for Kearney more than Byrd for next season, as he might have a chance to fill the starting spot of Thornton/Wood.

All-in-all, the Spartans return to action at noon Friday against the winner of Thursday’s Iowa/Illinois game.

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Posted on March 4, 2012, in Basketball and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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