The State – 11/28/22

Rachel Fulton

Welcome back from Thanksgiving break! Today’s weather forecast is predicting mostly cloudy skies early which will become partly cloudy later in the day with a high of 42 degrees and a low of 33 degrees.

FINAL: MSU football’s season come to an end with a 35-16 loss to Penn State

Michigan State football’s season has officially come to an end in Happy Valley. Finishing with a 5-7 record following a 35-16 loss against Penn State, the Spartans will fall short of bowl eligibility.

The Spartans didn’t get off to the start they were hoping f

or. Confusion ensued on the opening drive when redshirt junior quarterback Payton Thorne threw an ill-advised backward pass to redshirt senior wide receiver Jayden Reed that was a little too low and he was unable to recover it.

Michigan State strung together some offense to threaten a touchdown before heading into the locker room at halftime. The Spartans had multiple chances to march down the field, including a 16-yard pass to junior wide receiver Montorie Foster Jr., but ultimately ran out of time. They had to rely on freshman kicker Jack Stone who nailed a 51-yard field goal to put MSU on the board and make it 14-3 at the half.

The Spartans struggled with costly errors in the second half as well.

After some offensive miscues, MSU needed a big answer to stay in the game. Despite some close calls, they did find themselves on the other side of the field with the momentum on their side. Thorne found redshirt sophomore tight end Maliq Carr in the end zone to finish the drive, but it was not an easy play to pull off.

Down 28-16, the Spartan offense then turned the ball over on an interception by Thorne for the final nail in the coffin. Just to be sure, Penn State pulled out one more touchdown on the first play of its next drive on a pass, making the score 35-16 where it would stay until the end of the game.

Quality Dairy closes Michigan Avenue store in East Lansing

Quality Dairy, a local chain of convenience stores, closed its Michigan Avenue location on Nov. 19.

Quality Dairy marketing manager Phil Platte told the Lansing State Journal that the location at 808 E. Michigan Ave. was one of the few locations being leased by the company, and they decided to not renew their lease.

Quality Dairy CEO Ken Martin said in an email to The State News that the factors that led to the closing include the location’s small footprint and the recent changes to Michigan Avenue that affected traffic patterns.

“In the end we made the decision based upon the economic reality that we could not justify a renewed lease for this site,” Martin said in the email.

The current building is now completely empty inside and the Quality Dairy signs have been taken down.

This leaves just one location remaining in East Lansing which is located at 3332 E. Lake Lansing Rd.

MSU men’s basketball Malik Hall out for next three weeks of season due to injury

Senior forward Malik Hall will be benched for the next three weeks due to a stress reaction in his left foot.

Despite Hall’s standout performance so far this season, he began noticing pain following the game against Villanova on Nov. 18.

MSU men’s basketball’s medical team said that Hall caught the injury with plenty of time to recover and before it developed into a more serious injury.

“I feel bad for Malik as he was off to a strong start to his senior season,” Head Coach Tom Izzo said.

So what does this mean for the Spartans? Having one of their starters out for three weeks is a concern for the program, especially with the shortened rotation that is Izzo’s 2022-23 season lineup.

Another player in question is sophomore guard Jaden Akins who tweaked his previously injured foot after the Villanova game as well.

Within the next three weeks of play, the Spartans will face conference opponents including Northwestern on Dec. 4 followed by Penn State on Dec. 7.

Based on original reporting by Jenna Malinowski, Wendy Guzman and Melanie Soverinsky.