Miles Bridges hurts ankle in Michigan State Spartans’ otherwise ho-hum basketball win
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
EAST LANSING — Miles Bridges stayed in school to chase a national championship instead of cashing in on his potential in the NBA.
Three games into his sophomore season, he is hurt.
Bridges scored 20 points before limping off the court after injuring his left ankle, casting a pall over No. 2 Michigan State as it beat Stony Brook 93-71 on Sunday night.
“Thank God it’s not a high-ankle sprain,” coach Tom Izzo said. “It’s just a sprain where he rolled it. He’ll be day to day.”
The Spartans (2-1) bounced back from their loss to top-ranked Duke with a win that will be remembered as being costly if Bridges’ injury lingers.
Bridges was fouled with 8:32 left in the game as he went into the lane with the ball and awkwardly planted his left foot, rolling his ankle. After trying to stay in the game to shoot free throws, the preseason All-America player went back to the bench briefly before walking to the locker room.
“By Tuesday morning, I’ll know more,” Izzo said.
Teammate Nick Ward scored 22 points, Joshua Langford had a career-high 19 and Cassius Winston added 13 points and six assists.