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The Big Ten isn't usually blessed with NBA-type athletes. But body-wise, Michigan State freshman forward Branden Dawson could be playing in the NBA right now. And he definitely isn't afraid to show off his athleticism when the opportunity presents itself.It certainly presented itself in the second half of Sunday's game against Purdue. Catching a feed from senior guard Brandon Wood, Dawson made a split-second decision to go with a Dominique Wilkins circa late 1990's. I'm not sure what the rim did to him, but he punished it. This stuff used to get 9's in NBA dunk contests, now it happens within the rhythm of a college game.
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The Michigan State Spartans shutdown the Purdue Boilermakers in the 2nd half of today’s matchup at Mackey Arena to win 76-62. As they started to pull away, Branden Dawson reminded everyone why there was such a battle between MSU and Purdue for his services.
Dominique Wilkins should be proud of that windmill dunk.
Proving skeptics wrong never was the finish line for Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and his chief surrogate, Draymond Green. Green succinctly framed it for me following the Spartans' victory over Wisconsin last week:
For three periods, Brett Perlini wasn't having much success firing pucks at Alaska goaltender Scott Greenham. The Michigan State senior center would get the puck and shoot - quick shots, delayed shots and wrist shots. But four times, Greenham made the save. In overtime, however, a quick-thinking Perlini suddenly found himself with a juicy turnover in front of the Nanook net and...
The Michigan State men's golf program held the Green and White Alumni Exhibition match on Saturday afternoon at the Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. The current Spartans shot a 293 to beat the alumni team by eight shots. Senior Chris Mory led the current team with a 1-under par 70, while Jack Newman paced the alumni squad with a 6-under par 65.
Becca Mills scored 17 points and Michigan State beat No. 17 Purdue 67-52 in overtime Sunday. Lykendra Johnson had 15 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Spartans (17-10, 9-5 Big Ten), who scored the first 11 points in overtime and outscored the Boilermakers 18-3 in the extra five minutes.
The Michigan State baseball team lost another tough one-run game on Sunday afternoon, falling to No. 15 Louisville, 7-6, at the Walter Fuller Complex in its final game of the Big Ten/Big East Challenge. The Spartans, who played three of the top programs in the Big East, finished 1-2 at the season-opening event after defeating No. 11 St. John's on Friday, 11-4, but losing to South...
The Michigan State women's tennis team captured its sixth win over the University of Detroit this afternoon. The Spartans dropped the Titans by a score of 6-1. Freshman Julianne Gruber notched both a singles and a doubles win today.
The second game of a three-game series between the Michigan State and Florida softball teams ended in an 11-1 loss for the Spartans. MSU notched the first run of the season against UF's Alyssa Bache and only the fifth total against the Gators.
Michigan State was ranked seventh in the Associated Press poll entering today's game against Purdue. But Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn has MSU even higher in his power rankings.
Michigan State senior right-hander Tony Bucciferro has been named the Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week, the conference office Monday afternoon. Bucciferro earned the win over No. 11 St. John's in MSU's season-opening 11-4 victory over the Red Storm last Friday at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge. The Joliet, Ill., native retired the first 13 batters he faced and only allowed...
The director of the Michigan State Police, preparing to recruit significant numbers of troopers for the first time in decades, is putting out a welcome mat for veterans returning from military duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Michigan State has surged to the top of the Big Ten standings, winning five straight, including a game at Ohio State, to snatch sole possession of first place. Tom Izzo isn't ready to celebrate. "Not even a little bit," Izzo said Monday. The sixth-ranked Spartans aren't comfortable with only a one-game lead over the eighth-ranked Buckeyes and No.
The Boilermakers will face the Spartans for the second time this season and Sunday's game is live on ESPN2.
One year ago Josiah Price wondered if he had the skills to earn a Division One football scholarship. His performance at the Best of the Midwest Combine opened up several doors including one to Michigan State. Price spoke with Spartans Digest about making the circle complete during this year’s combine event.
Arc: Michigan State now has a one-game lead over Ohio State and Michigan. But with four games remaining, nothing's a given.