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MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: No. 13 Michigan St. has record night to beat Purdue

2014-02-20T20:45:00Z 2014-02-21T01:31:09Z MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: No. 13 Michigan St. has record night to beat PurdueThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 20, 2014 8:45 pm  • 

Gary 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 night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Belmont 82, Eastern Illinois 63: J.J. Mann scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and Craig Bradshaw finished with 20 points as Belmont (21-8, 12-2 Ohio Valley Conference) pulled away from Eastern Illinois.

Sherman Blanford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Eastern Illinois (9-18, 6-9).

Tennessee St. 66, SIU-Edwardsville 61: M.J. Rhett had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Patrick Miller scored 23 to lead Tennessee State (4-24, 3-11 Ohio Valley Conference) to a senior night victory over SIU-Edwardsville.

Kris Davis had 14 points to lead the Cougars (11-17, 7-7).

Northern Illinois 61, Eastern Michigan 59, 2OT: Jordan Threloff grabbed a career-high 18 boards and scored 27 points, including the game-winning layup with 4 seconds left in double overtime to lift Northern Illinois (12-13, 6-7 Mid-American) past Eastern Michigan (15-11, 7-6).

Utah Valley St. 79, Chicago St. 70: Holton Hunsaker scored 18 points and dished out nine assists to lead Utah Valley (16-9, 10-2 Western Athletic Conference) past Chicago State.

Clarke Rosenberg scored 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting to lead Chicago State (10-15, 5-6).

Denver 75, Western Illinois 67: Chris Udofia scored 21 points, gathered eight rebounds and had seven assists and Denver (14-12, 7-4 Summit) used a 12-5 run late to top Western Illinois.

Garret Covington led Western Illinois (9-17, 3-8) with 18 points.

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