East Lansing — Michigan State senior forward Branden Dawson suffered a stable, non-displaced fracture on his left wrist and will miss at least the next two games, the team announced Thursday.
Dawson injured the hand in Wednesday's victory over Eastern Michigan when he fell awkwardly after being fouled on a slam-dunk attempt. His wrist was bent underneath his body as he fell to the ground.
Michigan State said Dawson could return for Big Ten play, which opens Dec. 30 at home against Maryland. He will undergo further evaluation after the holiday break and will, at the very least, be out for Saturday's game against Texas Southern and Monday when Michigan State hosts The Citadel.
"I feel bad for Branden, as he's been practicing so well over the last few weeks," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said in a statement. "But we also feel a bit fortunate when you look at the video from the game — it certainly could have been worse. BJ has been a quick healer in the past, and we anticipate this being the same."
Dawson broke his right hand last season and missed nine straight games before returning in late February. His play sparked Michigan State to a Big Ten tournament championship and an appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before a loss to Connecticut in the East Regional final ended the Spartans' season.
Dawson is averaging 10.8 points and 8.5 rebounds in 10 games this season. He did not play against Santa Clara because of the flu.