CHICAGO – Michigan State Basketball's Kyle Ahrens suffered a left foot injury with 4:34 back in the first half of the Big Ten tournament title against Michigan.
A mid-term MSU spokesman said X-rays were negative for a break.
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The younger forward, already struggling with a bad back, crashed onto the floor and immediately grabbed his left ankle. Judges stopped playing, and the MSU coach quickly ran to Ahrens, who cried and covered the face as they attended him.
Medical staff brought a stretcher and immobilized Ahrens' leg. United Center was quiet when he was in court.
Tom Izzo was visibly upset, Nick Ward cried and gave Ahrens a hug. Joshua Langford, out with a foot injury, rolled his scooter over and gave Ahrens a big, long hug before being rolled back to the closet. With fans chanting his name and applauding, Ahrens threw his chest as he wept toward the tunnel.
MSU's Matt McQuaid hit a 3-pointer immediately after stopping.
Ahrens, a 6-foot-5 fourth-year-old from Versailles, Ohio, has played through a bad back since December, forcing him to miss four games. He suffered a right foot injury that forced him to take a redshirt last season, and Ahrens also suffered a broken leg as a junior in high school.