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Too big, too fast, too quick.

Those words might be the best way to describe the difference between the #12 ranked Michigan State (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten) and Purdue (12-12, 5-6 Big Ten) in the Spartans 78-65 victory at Mackey Arena on Saturday night.

Despite Terone Johnson’s 20 points and 15 from Ronnie Johnson, Purdue lost for the fourth time in five games. After controlling the game throughout the first half by the tally of 31-23, Michigan State came out swinging in the second with a 12-5 run that ultimately put the Boilermakers behind for good.

Despite playing through a sprained right ankle, Purdue had no answer for Branden Dawson as he finished with 20 points and 2 steals, while Hamilton Southeastern product Gary Harris Jr. played through back pain to finish with eight points.

With 7:19 remaining left in the game, Michigan State led by as many as 17 and Purdue never trailed by any less than 12.

Freshman center A.J. Hammons had 13 points and 8 rebounds for the Boilermakers, who continue their season Wednesday night when they travel to the University of Illinois.