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Purdue's D.J. Byrd, left, and Michigan State's Adreian Payne (5) battle for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis) (AP)
Harris scores 22, Michigan St beats Purdue 84-61

Posted on Jan. 5, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 5, 2013 at 2:38 p.m.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Freshman Gary Harris scored a season-high 22 points, and No. 18 Michigan State used a 28-7 run in the second half to pull away for an 84-61 victory over Purdue on Saturday.

The Spartans (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) missed their first 10 shots from the field after halftime, but it didn’t much matter in what quickly became a free throw contest. Michigan State finished 18 of 22 from the line, and the Boilermakers were 9 of 20 — including 6 of 16 in the second half.

Branden Dawson had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans, who bounced back from a loss at Minnesota in their conference opener.

A.J. Hammons scored 20 points for Purdue. The Boilermakers (7-7, 1-1) were coming off a win over No. 11 Illinois.