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NCAA: Michigan State 69, Michigan 55

Michigan State got the final laugh against in-state rival Michigan, as the 22nd-ranked Spartans, behind Adreian Payne's 18 points and nine rebounds, pounded the eighth-ranked Wolverines, 69-55, in the Big Ten Tournament final.
By The Sports Network   |   March 16, 2014 at 5:40 PM
Michigan State got the final laugh against in-state rival Michigan, as the 22nd-ranked Spartans, behind Adreian Payne's 18 points and nine rebounds, pounded the eighth-ranked Wolverines, 69-55, in the Big Ten Tournament final.

Michigan State (26-8) claimed its fourth Big Ten tourney title and second in three years despite shooting just 2-of-17 from 3-point range.

The rough outside shooting display was offset by a big advantage down low, as the Spartans owned a 38-28 edge on the glass while also receiving 15 points apiece from Branden Dawson and Gary Harris.

Michigan (25-8) was riding a seven-game winning streak coming in and took both regular-season meetings from the Spartans, but the Wolverines shot just 31.5 percent from the floor.

Nik Stauskas netted a team-high 17 points, but the Big Ten Player of the Year scored just four after halftime.

[SportsNetwork.com]

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