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Spartans back in first place Big Ten tie with 85-70 win at home over Northwestern

Michigan State Spartans men's basketball head coach Tom Izzo. REUTERS/Scott Audette
Michigan State Spartans men's basketball head coach Tom Izzo. REUTERS/Scott Audette

EAST LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Adreian Payne scored 20 points with 14 rebounds to lead number-9 Michigan State to an 85-70 win at home over Northwestern. Denzel Valentine added 16 points with six assists and 5 rebounds in the victory for the Spartans, who were coming off a two-point loss at Wisconsin on Sunday.

Last night’s win leaves MSU tied with Michigan for the top spot in the Big Ten with 10-2 league records. Overall, Michigan State improved to 21-and-4. The Spartans host Nebraska Sunday. 

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