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February 21, 2014

No. 13 Michigan State beats Purdue 94-79

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The 17 3-pointers are the most made by the Spartans this season since making 14 against Virginia Tech on Nov. 22. It was the most the Boilermakers have given up since Northern Kentucky made 13 in the season opener.

"I just tried to take what the defense was giving me," Payne said. "It was like a green light shooting the ball."

The Spartans did just what they wanted: They bounced back from the team's poorest offensive performance of the season — a 60-51 loss to Nebraska last week — and put themselves in position to win the Big Ten. With four regular season games left, the victory put the Spartans in sole position atop the Big Ten and they a chance extend the lead when they visit No. 20 Michigan on Sunday.

Purdue shot 49 percent from the field, including seven 3-pointers — four by Stephens.

The Boilermakers never did make it close once the Spartans took a 19-point lead early in the second half.

Ronnie Johnson hit a 3-pointer and Rapheal Davis made two free throws to make it 69-58, but Harris hit a 3 to give the Spartans a 72-58 lead with 9:02 remaining.

"We kept fighting and kept fighting, but they would come down and make some tough shots," Johnson said. "We broke down defensively. Defense wins games and we have to take defense a little bit more seriously."

Purdue went on an 11-3 run late in the opening half with Johnson converting a three-point play and Stephens making three free throws to make it 33-27.

Harris hit a 3-pointer before Davis made two free throws and Terone Johnson converted a three-point play to make it 36-32 with 4:57 left in the opening half.

Michigan State then hit three straight 3-pointers. Harris, Valentine and Russell Byrd hit from behind the arc to give the Spartans a 45-32 lead with 3:07 left in the half.

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