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West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) - Branden Dawson scored 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead 12th-ranked Michigan State past Purdue, 78-65, at MackeyArena.

Derrick Nix and Keith Appling scored 17 points apiece and Adreian Paynefinished with 12 points for the Spartans (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten), who have wonnine of their last 10 overall.

Terone Johnson scored 20 points, Ronnie Johnson had 15 and A.J. Hammonsregistered 13 points for the Boilermakers (12-12, 5-6), losers in three oftheir last four.