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Michigan State Spartans Dominate from Behind the Arch; Defeat the Purdue Boilermakers, 94-79

February 21st, 2014 at 6:20 PM
By MacK Lester

The Michigan State men’s basketball squad started to look like the team everyone expected to see when healthy. With four players scoring in double digits plus dominating on the glass, the Spartans were able to coast to a solid win on the road over the Purdue Boilermakers, 94-79.

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As a team the Spartans lit up Mackey Arena with their three-point shooting. They hit 17-32 from behind the arch, including 13 of them in the first half.

Gary Harris led the way with a game-high of 25 points. He shot 7-11 for the game, 6-9 for three-pointers. He also notched three each in steals, assists, and rebounds.

Star forward Adreian Payne followed suit with 23 points and four boards.

"When I saw (Payne) going I knew it was a good sign, just the way he came out shooting the ball," Harris said. "I knew it was going to be a good night from the jump just because of the energy we came out with and everybody was knocking down shots."

Denzel Valentine notched 13 points with four assists, two steals, and five rebounds.

Travis Trice shot 5-8 for 14 points and six assists.

What impressed many, including head coach Tom Izzo, was the Spartan’s passing game. They notched 26 assist as a team on 30 field goals.

"I never heard a stat like that,” Izzo said. "Some of those stats were mind boggling."

Keith Appling, who is still hampered by his wrist injury, came off the bench for the second straight game. He dished out nine dimes but was held to only a single point off a free-throw.

Michigan State hopes to keep this momentum going as they prepare for their next game. On Sunday they will travel down the road to Ann Arbor, Michigan to take on their in-state rival, the Michigan Wolverines. Both teams are tied for the top spot in the Big Ten Conference. The game is set to start at noon Eastern Time and will air live on CBS. 

Tags: Adreian Payne, Denzel Valentine, Gary Harris, Keith Appling, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines, MSU, NCAA, Purdue Boilermakers, Tom Izzo, Travis Trice

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