With college basketball getting back underway this past weekend and a colossal showdown between Michigan State and Duke looming later this evening (7 p.m. ET on ESPN), we want to throw it back to one of the more prolific performances by a former MSU Spartan in recent years.
Then ranked No. 2 in the country, MSU (25-5) went on to blast the Scarlet Knights (6-24) 97-66 on the road. In that game, senior Bryn Forbes led all scorers in the game with 33 points; all coming on 11 made three-point attempts.
Of the 18 shot attempts Forbes took in that contest, 16 came from beyond the arc. Not only were the 33 points were a career-high for Forbes, but the 11 made triples were both a program- and conference-best.
The Lansing Sexton product Forbes went undrafted in 2016 but later signed a deal with the San Antonio Spurs that summer. He played in 36 games, averaging just under eight minutes of game action as a rookie. Forbes recently earned his first career start this past weekend, along side former Michigan State teammate and now fellow Spur Matt Costello, who played in his first career NBA game that same night. Perhaps more amazingly, Forbes and Costello were pitted against another former Spartan in Denzel Valentine, who was a first-round pick of the Chicago Bulls in 2016.
Check out the highlights and Forbes’ masterful night on March 2, 2016.
Forbes in his first career start with the Spurs on Saturday played just a little over 34 minutes and netted 13 points, converting on three of his five attempts from three-point land; 5/10 shooting from the field overall. He’s nearly doubled his playing time and more than doubled his scoring output from a year ago through 13 games played this season.