Saturday December 21st, 2013

Michigan State pulled away from Texas in the second half of their 92-78 victory on Saturday afternoon in Austin. Adreian Payne had 33 points and Gary Harris added 19, but Branden Dawson had the flashiest play of the game.

Denzel Valentine, with a Texas defender trailing, eschewed a transition layup, deciding instead to throw a perfectly placed alley-oop to Dawson who was running the floor.

It's a reminder of just how dynamic Sparty can be despite their reputation as a gritty, defensive-minded team. The Spartans host New Orleans next Saturday, their last non-conference game before getting into the thick of the Big Ten season.

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