February 25, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Toney McCray (0) and Michigan State Spartans forward Branden Dawson (22) fight for a loose ball during the first half at Jack Breslin Students Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE
The Michigan State Spartans suffered a major injury, as third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder Branden Dawson tore his ACL against Ohio State, according to a report.
The Michigan State Spartans lost a key regular-season game at home to Ohio State on Sunday, but they suffered an even bigger loss as they look to win in March. Freshman guard Branden Dawson suffered a torn ACL in the Spartans' loss, according to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports.
Just got confirmation that Michigan State freshman Branden Dawson is done for the season with a torn ACL.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) March 5, 2012
Dawson suffered the injury at the 10:16 mark of the first half in the Spartans' 72-70 loss. He hurt his knee trying to get a rebound and immediately left the floor. When he went out, the Spartans held a big lead. They promptly surrendered a Buckeyes comeback, which was pivotal in their eventual win.
Dawson averages 8.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in just over 21 minutes, which ranks him third in scoring and second in rebounding.