Eric Curry injured as Gophers falls at the buzzer, 71-69 at Michigan State


EAST LANSING, MICH. – Gophers senior captain Eric Curry was having the best game of his career Wednesday night before going down with an ankle injury in the final minute against No. 10 Michigan State.

Curry, who delayed being a graduate assistant to play a sixth season, led his team with a career-high 19 points, but he watched helplessly from the bench as his teammates came up just short without him.

Joey Hauser’s layup with less than one second to play squashed any hopes of a monumental upset in the Gophers’ 71-69 loss against the Spartans, who extended their win streak to nine consecutive games.

“He got the ankle pretty good,” Gophers coach Ben Johnson said of Curry. “I don’t know the extent of it, but E.C.’s a warrior. He’ll be fine. … He’s kind of the leader of our team and he did a great job of showing that [Wednesday].”

Curry, who overcame three major injuries earlier in his career, landed awkwardly going after a defensive rebound with 59 seconds left. Not able to put weight on his lower left leg, Curry was carried off the floor by Gophers staff members.

Motivated by their inspirational leader sidelined, senior guard E.J. Stephens hit two free throws to tie the score 69-69 with 25.5 seconds left, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Spartans from escaping their first home loss in the series since 2014-15.

On the final play, Michigan State’s A.J. Hoggard drove the lane and drew defenders away from the 6-9 Hauser, who saw two Gophers players fly by before sinking the point-blank shot.



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