Davidson's Free Throws Key Michigan State To 56-54 Win Over Purdue

Senior scores 17 points, DeHaan adds 15 in come-from-behind victory

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior Courtney Davidson made two free throws with 15.6 seconds remaining to help the Michigan State women's basketball team to a 56-54 win over Purdue Monday night at the Breslin Center. Davidson scored a game-high 17 points and had seven assists, while sophomore Alyssa DeHaan added 15 points and six blocks.

MSU improves to 14-11 (6-7 Big Ten) while Purdue falls to 13-11 (9-4).

With the game tied at 54 with less than 30 seconds remaining, Purdue's Fahkara Malone drove against two Spartan defenders and had her lay-up blocked by MSU's Brittney Thomas and rebounded by Cetera Washington. After an MSU timeout, Malone then fouled Davidson before Michigan State could in-bound the ball, putting Davidson on the line for the game-clinching free throws.

Purdue's Kalika France missed a 17-footer with 6 seconds remaining, and Michigan State dribbled out the clock.

Lakisha Freeman had 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Purdue. Keshia Mosley and Danielle Campbell added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

DeHaan became the first player in Big Ten history to record consecutive 100-block seasons. She set a Big Ten single-season record with 145 rejections last season.

Purdue raced out to a 19-6 lead in the first nine minutes of the game, but the Spartans clamped down on defense for the remainder of the half. MSU went on an 18-2 run from the 11:26 mark to the 2:31 mark, including one stretch it held Purdue for more than five minutes, to close the gap to a one-point deficit at 28-27 going into the break. DeHaan had 12 points in the first half on 5-of-7 shooting.

A 3-pointer by Natasha Bogdanova with 10:16 remaining in the game gave Purdue its largest lead of the second half, 47-38. A lay-up by DeHaan and a pair of jumpers by Washington pulled MSU within 49-45 with 7:22 left in the game. After a pair of free throws by Freeman, Lauren Aitch scored on consecutive possessions to cut Purdue's lead to 51-49 with 4:58 remaining.

The Boilermakers took a 53-49 lead 15 seconds later on a pair of free throws by Bogdanova, but Davidson hit a clutch three with 1:26 left to make it 53-52. Malone then split a pair of free throws to give Purdue a 54-52 advantage. Aitch answered with a lay-up to tie the game at 54.

Michigan State returns to action Thursday, Feb. 14 to take on Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., at 7 p.m.