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February 21, 2014

No. 13 Michigan State beats Purdue 94-79

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Gary Harris could tell something big was coming. He didn't know it was going to be a record night.

Harris scored 25 points, Adreian Payne added 23 and No. 13 Michigan State hit a school-record 17 3-pointers in a 94-79 victory over Purdue on Thursday.

Harris and Payne combined to make 10 3-pointers for the Spartans (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten), who made 13 3s in the first half.

"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."

Harris' six 3-pointers tied a career best set against Purdue last season. Payne's four shots from behind the arc tied his career high.

Kendall Stephens had 19 points and Ronnie Johnson added 17 for the Boilermakers (15-11, 5-8), who have lost two of three.

Payne scored eight points to open the second half, including a 3-pointer, to give the Spartans a 57-43 lead.

Denzel Valentine converted a three-point play and made two free throws before connecting with Harris on an alley-oop pass to give Michigan State a 66-47 lead with 14:07 remaining.

Payne scored eight of Michigan State's first 10 points of the game, making two free throws and two 3-pointers. The Spartans shot 63.6 percent from the field, were 8 of 11 from the free throw line, and did most of their damage from 3-point range. They had just one 2-point field goal in the first half.

And the Spartans finished with 26 assists on 30 field goals.

"I never heard a stat like that," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "Some of those stats were mind boggling."

Keith Appling, who finished with nine assists, played for the second straight game after missing three with a right wrist injury. He played 22 minutes and Izzo said it will still take time before Appling is back 100 percent.

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