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Michigan State defeats Texas Southern 76-64
Friday, Nov 18, 2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP)—Draymond Green and Adreian Payne combined for 22 points and 21 rebounds to lead Michigan State past Texas Southern 76-41 in an opening-round game of the Spartan Invitational on Friday.

Green had his second double-double in three games, with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans (1-2). Payne had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan State, which had started a season with two losses for the first time since 1976.

Omar Strong scored 12 points and Fred Sturdivant and Lawrence Johnson-Danner each had 10 for the Tigers (1-2).

The Spartans got impressive performances from two freshmen. Branden Dawson had a game-high 13 points, going 6 for 7 from the field. His former AAU teammate, point guard Travis Trice, had 11 points and five rebounds off the bench.

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 Texas Southern
Lawrence Johnson-Danner Lawrence Johnson-Danner
4-10,  10 Pts
5 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Michigan St.
Draymond Green Draymond Green
5-11,  12 Pts
11 Rebs, 6 Assists

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