East Lansing, MI (WKZO) – After squandering a 2nd half lead in their final game of 2012, the Michigan State Spartans weren’t going to allow 2013 to start the same way.
On December 31st, Sparty led Minnesota by five with 8:24 remaining but were only able to score four more points en route to a 13 point loss.
But on Saturday afternoon Michigan State outscored Purdue by 17 during the 2nd half to secure a convincing 84-61 win.
While freshman Gary Harris was able to score a career high 22 points, the Spartans still had to overcome another blown lead for their 12th win of the season.
MSU started the 2nd half up 36-30, but that lead quickly disappeared. By the time the first media timeout hit, Purdue had taken a one point lead 39-38.
However, the Boilermakers time on top was short lived, as MSU came out of the timeout scoring the next five points and never looked back.
Branden Dawson had 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Travis Trice had 12 points off the bench
The Boilermakers (7-7, 1-1 Big Ten) coming off an upset victory over Illinois, went only 9 for 20 (45%) from the free throw line, while AJ Hammons tied his career high with 20 points.
The Spartans return to the hardwood on Thursday, as the take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City. Tipoff is set for 7pm.