December 1, 2011

Appling: 'It felt good to show our potential'

EAST LANSING - Take away 2-for-20 from 3-point range in the season opener against North Carolina on the deck of an aircraft career and Michigan State is shooting a hair under 30 percent from beyond the arc through their first seven games of the 2011-2012 season.

That number would still rank dead last in the Big Ten. But it does not mean the Spartans are a lost cause. Quality of opponent has played a role in Michigan State's lackluster 3-point shooting statistics as has the time needed for Keith Appling[/b] to adjust to the role of point guard, [db]Brandon Wood to adjust to a new environment, and Draymond Green[/db ] to adjust to a role of expanded leadership.

Michigan State's 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) effort from beyond the arc against Florida State, is not proof that the Spartans will develop into a formidable 3-point shooting outfit. But it is a step in the right direction and an accomplishment against a long, athletic Florida State defense, which had held opponents to 22.8 percent shooting from 3-point range in their first six games.

"Even my misses, I thought were going to go in," said Keith Appling, who scored a career-high 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. "But it wasn't just me, the shots that my teammates missed looked like they were going in too."

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