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Recap: Michigan St 78, Purdue 65
Line Movements
Date: February 09, 2013 7:00 PM EDT
  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State ignored the injuries and the foul trouble Saturday.

Branden Dawson, Keith Appling and Derrick Nix refused to let the surging Spartans get slowed down by a couple of big hurdles.

Dawson scored 20 points in another trip back to his home state, while Appling and Nix each finished with 17 points to lead No. 12 Michigan State past Purdue 78-65.

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``Do I have it figured out? I sure didn't yesterday when (Gary) Harris didn't practice and (Travis) Trice didn't practice,' coach Tom Izzo said. ``But one thing we do have is some inside-outside ability. We're not one-dimensional, like some of my teams have been. I'll figure it out when I get everyone back.'

Until then, the Spartans (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten) will continue to live by the simple formula that has them back on top of the toughest conference in the nation.

They have now won three straight, nine of their last 10 overall, four of their last five road games in Big Ten play and will retain at least a share of the league lead going into Tuesday's game against No. 3 Michigan - regardless of what happens Sunday when No. 1 Indiana visits No. 10 Ohio State.

And they're doing all this at something less than full strength.

Since Wednesday night's win over No. 18 Minnesota, most of the concern was about who would be around to face Purdue's defense. Appling left the Minnesota game after his right shoulder popped out and then back in, Adreian Payne missed part of the second half with a bloody nose, Harris (back) and Dawson (sprained right ankle) played through the pain, and Trice sat out with a head injury. Trice was the only one didn't play Saturday.

Some worried that the players could even get caught looking ahead to their looming showdown with their biggest rival.

There were even more concerns when Izzo looked at his bench a little more than five minutes into the second half and saw Payne, Harris and Appling all sitting there with three fouls each.

But like the injuries, Michigan State never let any of it get in the way of what it came to West Lafayette to do.

``They're really banged up right now and then we're able to get Keith Appling out of the game, and we can't make anything up right there,' Purdue coach Matt Painter said. ``That tells you something.'

Purdue (12-12, 5-6) was led by Terone Johnson with 20 points and Ronnie Johnson with 15, but couldn't avoid losing for the fourth time in five games or for the fifth straight time in the series.

While it looked nothing like the record-setting 37-point loss to Indiana in their previous home game, the stats were just as telling.

Senior shooting guard D.J. Byrd took only one shot before fouling out with 88 seconds to go and didn't score a point.

Freshman center A.J. Hammons started the game by missing his first four shots and was just 3 of 8 from the field with 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Boilermakers committed nine turnovers in the first half, 14 in the game and were just 22 of 34 from the free throw line.

The combination proved too much to overcome Saturday night.

``We turned the ball over in bad situations,' Terone Johnson said. ``I had three in the first half that were really unforced. That's the kind of thing that really turned this game around.'

There was more to it than just errant passes, though.

After the two Indiana natives, Dawson and Harris, were greeted with a cascade of boos, they responded by making the first two baskets in a game that Michigan State only trailed once - at 8-7.

The Spartans used first-half runs of 7-0 and 6-0 to build a 31-23 halftime lead, then turned the game when Dawson scored six points in a 12-5 run to open the second half. That gave Michigan State a 43-28 lead - even with the fouls adding up and Harris hurting after he got bumped.

``Our team is a lot different when him (Dawson) and Adreian play with the energy that they're capable of,' Appling said. ``It just allows other guys to play off of them.'

When Appling returned with 13:16 to go, he took the cue, scoring seven points during a 9-2 spurt that gave Michigan State a comfortable 62-45 lead with 7:19 to go, and Purdue couldn't get closer than 12 the rest of the way.

``We just stayed aggressive. Every time Purdue scored, we answered back with a bucket or a free throw or something good,' Dawson said. ``A lot of guys stepped up and we just kept playing together as a team.'

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MICHST  -175   -4   127.5 
 PURDUE  +155   +4   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MICHST  -190   -4   127.5 
 PURDUE  +165   +4   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MICHST  83%   83%   33% 
 PURDUE  17%   17%   67% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Feb 9
 
    Temple at Dayton
11:00 AM EDT
    Georgetown at Rutgers
12:00 PM EDT
    Hofstra at UNC Wilmington
12:00 PM EDT
    Michigan at Wisconsin
12:00 PM EDT
    Florida State at Wake Forest
12:00 PM EDT
    Northern Illinois at Buffalo
1:00 PM EDT
    Southern Illinois at Indiana State
1:00 PM EDT
    Akron at Miami (OH)
1:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi at Missouri
1:00 PM EDT
    Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech
1:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma State at Texas
1:45 PM EDT
    Arkansas at Vanderbilt
1:45 PM EDT
    Towson at Georgia State
2:00 PM EDT
    Tulane at Houston
2:00 PM EDT
    DePaul at Marquette
2:00 PM EDT
    St Josephs at Massachusetts
2:00 PM EDT
    North Carolina at Miami (FL)
2:00 PM EDT
    Detroit at Wisconsin-Green Bay
2:00 PM EDT
    Eastern Washington at Northern Arizona
3:00 PM EDT
    South Florida at Villanova
3:00 PM EDT
    Texas Tech at Baylor
4:00 PM EDT
    Auburn at Kentucky
4:00 PM EDT
    West Virginia at Texas Christian
4:00 PM EDT
    Kansas at Oklahoma
4:00 PM EDT
    Northeastern at Old Dominion
4:00 PM EDT
    Pepperdine at Portland
4:00 PM EDT
    Northwestern at Iowa
4:30 PM EDT
    Mississippi St at Florida
5:00 PM EDT
    Texas AM at Georgia
5:00 PM EDT
    Fresno State at San Diego State
6:00 PM EDT
    Idaho at Denver
6:00 PM EDT
    Iowa State at Kansas State
6:00 PM EDT
    Stanford at Arizona State
7:00 PM EDT
    Brown at Pennsylvania
7:00 PM EDT
    Michigan St at Purdue
7:00 PM EDT
    College of Charleston at Chattanooga
7:30 PM EDT
    Missouri St at Wichita State
7:30 PM EDT
    Wright State at Wisconsin Milwaukee
8:00 PM EDT
    Utah at Oregon
8:00 PM EDT
    Louisiana State at Alabama
8:00 PM EDT
    North Dakota at Montana
9:00 PM EDT
    Penn State at Nebraska
9:00 PM EDT
    Southern Utah at Weber State
9:00 PM EDT
    Portland State at Sacramento State
10:00 PM EDT
    Long Beach State at Northridge
10:00 PM EDT
    UC Davis at Cal Poly SLO
10:00 PM EDT
    Pacific at Santa Barbara
10:00 PM EDT
    Illinois State at Creighton
10:00 PM EDT
    Washington State at UCLA
10:00 PM EDT
    St. Mary's California at San Diego
11:00 PM EDT
    Cal State Fullerton at Cal Riverside
11:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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