As if Michigan State’s season hadn’t been difficult enough, it appears that the Spartans have likely lost Eron Harris for a significant period of time.
Down by 20 late in the second half at Purdue, Harris’ leg bent a direction that it’s not supposed to bend after an awkward landing under the basket. Michigan State termed it a “right knee injury”. After the game, Tom Izzo said that Harris “badly sprained” the knee.
(WARNING: The video below is not only graphic, but the mics picked up Harris screaming in pain afterwards, including some NSFW words. This is not a pleasant video to watch.)
Harris, a senior from Indiana, was stretchered off the floor. According to reporters at the game, Harris’ teammates, including Miles Bridges, were in tears on the floor. Michigan State has already dealt with a series of injuries this season. Ben Carter and Gavin Schilling were lost for the year before the season began while Bridges missed a number of games with an ankle injury.
Harris is a fifth-year senior. He was averaging 11.1 points on the year.
The No. 16 Boilermakers would go on to win the game 80-63 behind 24 points, 15 boards and five assists from Caleb Swanigan, their Player of the Year candidate. That’s just the fifth time this season that a player has recorded that stat line. Isaac Hass added 18 points for the Boilermakers, who totally overwhelmed Michigan State on the interior.
The win give Purdue sole possession of first place in the Big Ten for the day. Wisconsin and Maryland, who are both a half-game back, square off tomorrow in Madison.