The State – 11/03/22

Rachel Fulton

Today’s weather forecast is predicting sunny skies all around with a high of 72 degrees and a low of 55 degrees.

FINAL: MSU men’s basketball separates late versus GVSU in exhibition game

MSU defeated Grand Valley State 73-56 in its exhibition game Tuesday night prior to the next week’s start of the 2022-23 season.

MSU’s starting five were junior guard A.J. Hoggard, junior guard Tyson Walker, senior guard Malik Hall, graduate student guard Joey Hauser and junior center Mady Sissoko.

MSU managed to rotate through its shortened rotation during the game, putting in junior guard Pierre Brooks, freshman forward Tre Holloman and freshman center Jaxon Kohler as early as five minutes into the first half.

Sophomore guard Jadin Akins was out due to his foot injury. It’s uncertain when Akins will return for the Spartans.

Walker had a hot start, racking up 10 points and playing both the one and the two. Sissoko was another Spartan to look for, with nine points and three of MSU’s 14 first half rebounds, four less than the Lakers.

MSU struggled to maintain the lead over Grand Valley State, ending the half 36-31GVSU and leaving Spartan fans concerned especially with the strenuous upcoming non-conference schedule.

MSU started the second half strong with an immediate basket from Hauser. The green and white skidded past the Lakers and sat on top for the entirety of the second half.

In midseason form, Tom Izzo received his first technical foul after losing his cool on an offensive foul call on Hoggard.

When there were eight minutes left on the clock, that’s when Izzo’s 2022-23 squad brought its A-game, fending off the Lakers from regaining the leading score.

MSU looks to utilize the momentum from Tuesday’s win when heading into the season opener on Nov. 7 against Northern Arizona. Tipoff will be at 7 p.m. at the Breslin Center.

Four additional Michigan State players suspended following tunnel altercation at Michigan Stadium

Four additional Michigan State football players have received suspensions following the post-game altercation in the tunnel at Michigan Stadium last Saturday.

Senior linebacker/defensive end Jacoby Windmon, redshirt junior cornerback Justin White, senior defensive end Brandon Wright, and freshman cornerback Malcolm Jones have all been suspended effective immediately according to a joint statement released by MSU Athletic Director Alan Haller and Head Coach Mel Tucker.

According to the statement, the second round of suspensions are a result of electronic evidence of the incident.

More videos from inside the Michigan Stadium tunnel have surfaced since Sunday, including one from ABC which shows redshirt sophomore cornerback Khary Crump striking Michigan defensive back Gemon Green repeatedly with a helmet. Windmon was also in the mix.

Eight Spartans have now been suspended following Saturday’s incident, all of which are defensive players.

Windmon and Grose are the most significant losses for MSU. A transfer from UNLV, Windmon has started all eight games between defensive end and linebacker for Michigan State and is a three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

The suspensions will remain in place until investigations by law enforcement and the Big Ten Conference have been completed, meaning the Spartans will now be without eight defensive players as they travel to Champaign, Illinois to take on No. 14 Illinois this Saturday. Kickoff will be at 3:30 PM.

MSU Horticulture Gardens to hold annual houseplant and succulent sale

The MSU Horticulture Gardens is hosting its seventh annual houseplant and succulent sale tomorrow. The sale, held at the Plant and Soil Sciences building at 1066 Bogue St., will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Customers will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of plants, including several Venus flytraps.

Trial Garden Manager Daedre McGrath said around 1,000 transactions are made during the sale. Proceeds from the sale go to the MSU Horticulture Gardens.

Originally, the gardens sold its surplus plants, but now almost all of the plants for sale are grown specially for the event, from cuttings of other plants.

The sale is run in part by volunteers and horticultural students – senior Katarina Gonzalez-Garcia and sophomore Ben Kuntzsch have been preparing for the event, propagating, tagging and counting plants.

Gonzalez-Garcia said euphorbia, string of banana, string of dolphins, a collection of cacti and succulents and a few Venus flytraps are among the plants available for purchase tomorrow. She also said the event draws a large crowd, so shoppers looking for specific plants should arrive early.

Based on original reporting by Melanie Soverinsky, Jenna Malinowski and Jack Armstrong.