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Injury Update For Michigan State F Nick Ward

Tom Izzo holding a clipboard on the Michigan State Spartans sideline.

DETROIT, MI - MARCH 18: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans looks on against the Syracuse Orange in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Little Caesars Arena on March 18, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

On Friday night the Michigan State Spartans took the floor against the LSU Tigers. Tom Izzo's squad entered the contest as a 6.5-point favorite and looked like it early.

After 20 minutes of play, the Spartans held a 40-28 lead. The Tigers made a furious comeback in the second half, cutting Michigan State's lead to just four points in the first few minutes of the half.

However, it's been all Spartans since then as the team holds a 10-point lead.

Unfortunately, the Spartans just saw one of their stars walk off the floor and into the locker room.

Star forward Nick Ward went down hard after attempting to grab a rebound over Naz Reid. Ward appeared to be holding his left hand as he left the floor.

Ward suffered an injury to that left hand earlier this season that forced him to miss five games.

It's an unfortunate injury for a player that worked hard to make a comeback for the NCAA Tournament.

Ward was instrumental in helping the Spartans advance to the Sweet 16. He poured in 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the first two games.

Michigan State currently leads 70-61 with under three minutes to play.

Stay tuned for an official announcement from the team.