- Associated Press - Sunday, March 4, 2012

EAST LANSING, MICH. (AP) - Michigan State standout freshman Branden Dawson is out for the rest of the season after injuring his left knee against Ohio State.

Dawson limped off the court with 10:16 left in the first half of Sunday’s 72-70 loss to the 10th-ranked Buckeyes, which left the No. 5 Spartans in a three-way tie for the Big Ten title with Ohio State and Michigan.

Dawson was evaluated briefly on the bench, where he rubbed his left knee while his leg was propped up on a chair. Later, he walked gingerly to the locker room.

After the game, Michigan State said Dawson has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. The Spartans will be the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament, which begins Thursday in Indianapolis.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward ranks third on the team in scoring (8.5) and is second in rebounds (4.6).

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