No. 22 Michigan State routs Northwestern in Big Ten quarters
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Branden Dawson had 16 points and nine rebounds and No. 22 Michigan State routed Northwestern, 67-51, in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday night.
Gary Harris filled the stat sheet with 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals for the third-seeded Spartans (24-8), who will face second-seeded Wisconsin in the semifinals on Saturday.
Drew Crawford netted 21 points to lead 11th-seeded Northwestern (14-19), which upset Iowa in the first round Thursday.
The game was tied 10-10 before the Spartans began to pull away following a 12-2 run. Dawson supplied the first two baskets of the burst, which was capped on a Kenny Kaminski triple for a 22-12 MSU margin with 6:40 to go in the opening half.
Matt Costello poured in the first five points of a 7-0 spurt that staked MSU to a 40-20 margin. The Spartans took a 40-22 cushion into the break.
MSU led by as many as 24 in the second half before cruising to the easy win.
Michigan State shot 45 percent (27-of-60) from the floor and 42.1 percent (8- of-19) from beyond the arc ... The Spartans outrebounded the Wildcats, 40-24 ... Alex Olah had 10 points for Northwestern.
03/14 23:01:57 ET