MSU looks to Davis, Clark with Goins out

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Deyonta Davis

East Lansing – Another day brought no better news for Michigan State forward Kenny Goins, who injured his left knee in Sunday’s victory over Indiana.

The redshirt freshman left the game in the first half and has been on crutches since.

“What I said after the game, nothing has really changed,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said on Tuesday. “He’s laid up and on crutches. He’s going to be out anywhere from 2-4 weeks. What does that mean? It means nothing good for us. He played well in the last game, played 15 minutes, so it will be a change.”

Goins, a former walk-on, had become a mainstay in the rotation before the injury. He is averaging a little more than 10 minutes a game and had season highs of nine points and nine rebounds in last week’s overtime loss at Purdue.

Entering Thursday’s game at home against Wisconsin, the Spartans will be looking to several players to up their production with Goins sidelined. It likely means more minutes for Gavin Schilling and Deyonta Davis, while it also provides an opportunity for Marvin Clark – who played 22 minutes in the Indiana game – to step back into the rotation.

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“Gavin the last four games, the last probably two weeks has really, really improved in practice,” Izzo said. “He’s spending more time with (assistant coach) Mike Garland in the film room. He’s been in foul trouble again and he has two fouls early in (against Indiana), then he gets his third early in the second half. He only plays 10 minutes a game, and I think he should be playing 15, maybe 18 minutes a game. I think he’s going to be very valuable.

“I think Marv is still going to be important. And I think DD has gotta raise his game a little now. … He’s got to, because he’s got it in him. So I’d say those two guys a lot. And Marv, it’d be nice if all the stuff he’s gone through and he’s battled back and he’s hung in there, and a guy I thought would start in November, ends up with a key role like he was in last year down the stretch. It’d be poetic justice for a guy who didn’t quit.”