Hobbled Michigan State Spartans can’t keep pace with Purdue Boilermakers, lose Big Ten semifinal

Indianapolis – Michigan State lost on Saturday afternoon, but what it gained over three days at the Big Ten tournament might be just as valuable as playing Sunday for a championship might have been.

The Spartans were in a hole immediately against Purdue in the tournament semifinals, losing point guard Tyson Walker to an ankle injury less than three minutes into the game, then watching AJ Hoggard suffer a similar injury just 14 seconds later.

Purdue guard Jaden Ivey (23) goes to the basket against Michigan State forward Marcus Bingham Jr. (30) during the first half.

“To have two ankle injuries in 20 seconds to my two point guards was a tough situation,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.

Walker tried to come back but couldn’t last while Hoggard gutted it out, playing a career-high 34 minutes and nearly willing the Spartans to a victory as they battled from 13 down in the second half, cutting the Purdue lead to one with just less than six minutes to play.

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