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Michigan State outlasts Purdue 72-66 despite Dawson’s injury

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Travis Trice equaled a career high with 27 points and Matt Costello lifted Michigan State at both ends of the court, helping the Spartans to a 72-66 victory over Purdue on Wednesday night.

The Spartans (20-10, 11-6 Big Ten) played the whole second half without Branden Dawson, who appeared to take a shot to the head and was limited to nine minutes on his senior night. Somehow, Michigan State held its own inside against Purdue’s pair of 7-footers. A.J. Hammons managed only seven points on 3-of-12 shooting for the Boilermakers (19-11, 11-6), and Isaac Haas had nine points but only two rebounds.

Michigan State snapped a two-game losing streak and at least momentarily calmed concerns over its NCAA tournament chances. Purdue, meanwhile, missed a chance to pick up a significant road win as the regular season winds down.

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