Michigan St.’s Ward back for B10 tourney

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FILE – In this Feb. 20, 2019, file photo, Michigan State forward Nick Ward tosses a basketball before the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Rutgers, in East Lansing, Mich. No. 6 Michigan State expects forward Nick Ward to play in the Big Ten Tournament. Coach Tom Izzo says he isn’t […]

CHICAGO (AP) — Michigan State star forward Nick Ward has returned to the rotation after missing five games because of a broken left hand.

The team’s second-leading scorer, Ward checked in just over four minutes into the Spartans’ Big Ten Tournament matchup against Ohio State and promptly hit a short jumper. He had missed five consecutive games after suffering a hairline fracture in his hand during a 62-44 victory over Ohio State on Feb. 17.

Ward came in averaging 15.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. The top-seeded Spartans are seeking their sixth Big Ten Tournament championship.

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