Michigan State guard Keith Appling shined down the stretch and took over the game when the Spartans needed him the most on Tuesday night.
Michigan State nipped Kansas late as part of the 2012 Champions Classic, winning the contest by a final score of 67-64 after a failed three-point attempt by the Jayhawks fell short at the buzzer.
Kansas freshman Jamari Traylor came off the bench on Tuesday night, chipping in with six points on 3-of-5 shooting. He had one ferocious put-back however, that certainly falls under the “high percentage shot” category.
Off a missed lay-up attempt with 1:02 remaining in the first half, Traylor soared to the rim as the play came back in transition, timing things perfectly for a one-handed slam.
Take a look at Traylor’s acceleration and throw-down below:
Traylor, a 6-foot-8 freshman from Chicago, Illinois was an original member of the Jayhawks’ class of 2011. Traylor redshirted last year after being unable to receive clearance to play.
Judging by Traylor’s athleticism and size now, the future looks bright for the Thomas Robinson look-a-like.
Through his first two games at the collegiate level, Traylor has molded himself into a solid contributor off the bench for head coach Bill Self, averaging 5.5 points per game during the team’s 1-1 start to the season.
Traylor and the Jayhawks now return home to Lawrence for a Thursday night contest against UT-Chattanooga. The game will tip-off at 8:00pm (EST) from Phog Allen Fieldhouse.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse