One week ago, Michigan State guard Eron Harris was ruled out for the season. He suffered a serious knee injury in a loss at Purdue, and his teammates teared up as he was stretchered off the court. A day later, Michigan State announced that Harris’ career was over.
Technically, Michigan State was wrong.
With Sunday’s game against Wisconsin wrapped up, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo called timeout with 11.2 seconds remaining to sub the injured senior into what would have been his final game at the Breslin Center. Now it was actually his final game.
A touching Senior Day moment for Eron Harris.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) February 26, 2017
Harris, knee brace and all, hobbled onto the court. Michigan State inbounded the ball to Matt McQuaid, who took a few dribbles, then started walking with the ball. That forced the officials to call traveling, and gave Harris a chance to have his moment:
Eron Harris checking in on Senior Night despite season ending injury. Touching. pic.twitter.com/zYpZDy1Toa
— Zachary Barnes (@Forrest_Barnes) February 26, 2017
Putting in Harris is one of the classiest moves I have ever seen by Izzo (or any coach for that matter) pic.twitter.com/NntY6K9Yf4
— Dom Garrett (@DomGarrett) February 26, 2017
— Rico Beard (@RicoBeard) February 26, 2017
Kissing the Spartan logo at center court on senior day is a Michigan State tradition, and after Harris went down in West Lafayette, it appeared he wouldn’t have an opportunity to partake in the tradition. Izzo devised a plan that would let him.
What an awesome moment.
Harris also got to walk in full uniform at the postgame senior day ceremony: