Gary Harris and Michigan State too much for Purdue

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Hamilton Southeastern graduate Gary Harris scored a season-high 22 points Saturday afternoon as the 18th-ranked Michigan State Spartans defeated Purdue 84-61 on Saturday afternoon.

Purdue only trailed 36-30 at the half but the Spartans would go on a 28-7 run in the second half to ultimately run away with the game.

“You’re going to have some things go against you, and a lot of things right in a row went against us,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “We fouled — and missed our free throws — and then we missed a couple layups and had a couple breakdowns. … We had some things in that stretch that we could control, and we just didn’t handle our business.”

A.J. Hammons scored 20 points and 7 rebounds for Purdue, as the team drops to 7-7 and 11 in Big Ten play after Thursday’s victory over Illinois.

Michigan State’s Harris, who is a freshman this year, shot 6-8 from behind the arc.

“”I’m sure my mom was nervous with that being her alma mater, but I know she’s happy with the outcome of the game,” Harris said.