Dawson connected on seven of his nine shots.
Keith Appling and Derrick Nix each scored 17 points and Adreian Payne added 12 as Michigan State (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten) won for the ninth time in 10 games.
The Boilermakers (12-12, 5-6) got 20 points from Terone Johnson.
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