Associated Press: Michigan State victory against Purdue keeps Ohio State in first place in Big Ten race
Draymond Green added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans (22-7, 12-4 Big Ten), who avenged a 76-64 loss to the Boilermakers on Feb. 9 in East Lansing.
E'Twaun Moore scored 12 points, and JaJuan Johnson and Chris Kramer scored 11 for Purdue in its first game since losing versatile forward Robbie Hummel. The junior tore the ACL in his right knee last Wednesday against Minnesota and will miss the rest of the season.
Opportunity knocked for Purdue (24-4, 12-4) a day after No. 1 Kansas lost to Oklahoma State and No. 2 Kentucky lost to Tennessee. Instead, the Boilermakers fell a half game behind Ohio State in the Big Ten race.
Michigan State outrebounded Purdue 46-20 to overcome 23 turnovers. Purdue shot 30 percent from the field and posted its lowest point total of the season.
Purdue shot poorly early, but stayed in the game at the free-throw line.
Michigan State led 22-16 before Purdue temporarily found its offensive rhythm. A steal and dunk by Kramer cut Michigan State's lead to 22-21, and a 3-pointer by Keaton Grant tied the score at 24 with 3:45 left in the first half.
Michigan State's Derrick Nix was called for a technical foul after he missed a dunk, then caught the ball while still hanging on the rim and dunked it in with his right hand. Moore made the technical free throws to give Purdue a 26-24 lead.
The Boilermakers led 28-26 at halftime, despite shooting 32 percent and getting a combined 2-for-13 shooting effort from Moore and Johnson.
Michigan State held Purdue to one basket during a 16-6 run that gave the Spartans a 42-34 lead with 11 minutes left.
Purdue had a chance to creep back into the game in the final minutes, but couldn't get a rebound. Green posted up against Kramer, missed, but tipped the ball twice before finally scoring to make it 50-44 with 1:20 to play.
Moore missed a 3-pointer, then Lucas found Morgan for a lob near the basket. Morgan made the layup, was fouled and converted the 3-point play to put the game out of reach.