Trice ties career high in senior night win

Michigan State senior guard has 27 points in final home game, while Branden Dawson missed much of the game after leaving early following an elbow to the head.

It was Michigan State’s senior night, but only one of its two main seniors was around to see the end of a tough, physical battle with Purdue.

The Spartans won 72-66 and senior Travis Trice tied a career-high with 27 points, but fellow senior Branden Dawson left the game with 8:38 and did not return.

In his absence, role players stepped up in major ways as Marvin Clark knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and Colby Wollenman played big minutes in the post.

Matt Costello had a big game with 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks – going up against the twin towers of Purdue in A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas. His dunk over Haas off an offensive rebound brought the entire Breslin Center to its feet.

Michigan State used a 26-6 run spanning the end of the first half and into the second to break the game open, going from trailing 28-19 to leading 45-34.

Wollenman got the run started as his tipped in a missed Trice layup then Clark hit his first 3-pointer of the night and Denzel Valentine hit a wing 3-pointer in transition to pull MSU within 30-27 at the half.

After a mini-run from Purdue and a timeout from coach Tom Izzo, Trice hit a pair of big 3-pointers to extend the lead to 53-44 – the second coming with a slow backpedal down the floor.

Valentine had 17 points, six rebounds and hit 4 of 9 from 3-point range.

Dawson left the game after it looked like he took an elbow from Haas to the side of head. That was not the lone Spartans that went down, as Valentine went to the locker room in the second half with a right leg issue, but soon returned. Wollenman and Tum Tum Nairn also had some bumps during the game.

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