No. 8 Michigan State drops Purdue, moves into first place

Branden Dawson scored 20 points and Keith Appling added 17, leading No. 12 Michigan State past Purdue 78-65 on Saturday night. The Spartans (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten) have won three straight, nine of their last 10, four of their last five on the road in conference play and will retain at least a share of the league lead – regardless of what happens Sunday when No. 1 Indiana visits No. 10 Ohio State.

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Purdue (12-12, 5-6) was led by Terone Johnson with 20 points and Ronnie Johnson with 15, but couldn’t avoid losing for the fourth time in five games or for the fifth straight time in the series.

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FINAL: Branden Dawson scored 20 points to lead No. 8 Michigan State to a 78-65 win over Purdue on Saturday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette. Michigan State (20-4) took control of the game with a 14-4 run run to open the second half. The Spartans shot 49 percent from the field (27-of-55) and also got double-digit contributions from Adreian Payne (12 points) and Derrick Nix and Keith Appling, who each scored 17. Ronnie Johnson scored 15 points and handed out eight assists for Purdue (12-12), which also received 20 points from Terone Johnson.

HALFTIME: No. 12 Michigan State leads 31-23 over Purdue at the half thanks in large part to the play of Derrick Nix, who has six points and four rebounds, and Branden Dawson, who has a team-high eight points. Most of the Boilermakers’ offense has come from the Johnson brothers, who have scored 18 of the team’s 23 total points. Terone Johnson has poured in a game-high 12 points, while Ronnie Johnson has added six. After already giving up six offensive rebounds to Purdue, the Spartans will have to keep the Boilermakers off the boards in the second half. Gary Harris hit a couple 3-pointers and has six points for the Spartans, who shot 46 percent.

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Charlotte on 2/9/2013 @ 7:19pm EDT Said:

Hey, the scorekeeper gave Purdue an extra point by mistake. Check it out.

Charlotte on 2/9/2013 @ 7:28pm EDT Said:

When the score was 7-7, MSU got a basket. The scorekeeper gave the 2 points to Purdue, then backed it off, giving MSU the 2 points. He then gave Purdue 1 point, giving them 8. That should not be, and no one caught it!!

Doug on 2/9/2013 @ 9:11pm EDT Said:

Life is good ! Go OSU tomorrow !