Michigan State got the chance it was looking for Sunday.
A third matchup with rival Michigan brought the first victory against the Wolverines, this one for the Big Ten title.
A third consecutive hot start got the Spartans rolling to a 69-55 win in Indianapolis.
Gary Harris had 13 first-half points to lead the Spartans, but he closed the first-half with the biggest basket.
Leading 36-29, Michigan turned over the ball and with seconds left, Harris drove to the hoop for an emphatic slam dunk and a nine-point halftime lead.
The final bucket of the run came on a huge windmill dunk from Dawson off a steal from Travis Trice. Dawson had 15 points and six rebounds in his first meeting with the Wolverines this season.
Dawson averaged 15 points and 7.3 rebounds in three Big Ten Tournament games, shooting 75 percent. He was named Big Ten Tournament MVP.
Michigan never got closer than 10 in the second half, but did a pair of times in the second half.
Payne was the leading scorer with 18 points, while Harris and Dawson each had 15.