EAST LANSING, Mich. — Freshman Branden Dawson scored a season-high 14 points to help No. 9 Michigan State pull away and beat Purdue 83-58 Saturday.
The Spartans (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten) moved into a tie atop the conference by stopping their second two-game skid this season.
The Boilermakers (14-6, 4-3) have lost three of their last five games.
Michigan State went ahead on Brandon Wood's 3-pointer with five-plus minutes left in the first half and didn't give up the lead.