Swanigan, Haas carry Purdue past Michigan State

Posted at 7:00 PM, Feb 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-18 19:00:52-05
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Caleb Swanigan had 24 points and 15 rebounds, and Isaac Haas scored 18 points, leading No. 16 Purdue to an 80-63 victory over Michigan State on Saturday.
With the victory, the Boilermakers (22-5, 11-3) take a half-game lead over Maryland and Wisconsin in the Big Ten standings. The Terrapins and Badgers, who play Sunday in Madison, are 10-3.
The double-double was Swanigan's 23rd this season. He had 25 points and 17 rebounds on Jan. 24 when Purdue defeated Michigan State (16-11, 8-6) in East Lansing.
Michigan State got 14 points from Miles Bridges, who had 33 in the January loss to Purdue.
Michigan State guard Eron Harris suffered a leg injury with 9:18 remaining and was taken to the locker room on a stretcher. His exact injury was not immediately known.
Two free throws by Dakota Mathias, a short jumper from Spike Albrecht and a dunk by Haas capped a 6-0 run and gave the Boilermakers a 57-39 lead with 11:47 remaining, prompting a Michigan State timeout.
Consecutive three-point plays from Vince Edwards and Carsen Edwards extended the Purdue lead to 45-29 with 18:04 remaining. Vince Edwards joined the 1,000-point club with that three-point play.
Purdue outscored Michigan State 15-6 during the first half's final 7:51 to lead 37-26, shooting 57.7 percent (15 of 26) and getting 11 points, six rebounds and two assists from Swanigan.
The Boilermakers outscored the Spartans 20-10 in the paint before halftime and 8-4 in points as the result of turnovers.
   Michigan State: While the Spartans have been much better in February and should make the NCAA Tournament, their youth continues to show on the road, where they were beaten 86-57 on Feb. 7 at Michigan before struggling at Purdue.
   Purdue: The Boilermakers are playing their best basketball of the season, using their superior size to win a fifth consecutive Big Ten game for the first time since the 2010-2011 season.
   Michigan State: Plays host to Nebraska on Thursday.
   Purdue: Travels to Penn State for a Tuesday game.