It was no easy evening for Michigan State against Detroit Mercy.

After coming away with a strong win over Duke, the Spartans were not quite as sharp on Friday. It culminated in a game that came down to the final minute before Michigan State iced the game away on a three by Gabe Brown.

Brown was a big story, putting up 16 points while starting in place of senior guard Joshua Langford. Langford started the first three games of the season but was announced as a game-time decision Friday.

After the game, Tom Izzo addressed the absence of Langford. He indicated there was not an injury associated with Langford’s absence and it was simply a way to give Langford the day off. Izzo expects Langford to be back in the lineup on Sunday:

Langford is averaging 7.0 points on 41.2% shooting to start the season.

Here is the rest of Izzo’s comments following Friday’s victory:

The Spartans will get Saturday off before a quick turnaround to face Western Michigan on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 6 pm EST.