Travis Trice had four of Michigan State's season-high 13 3-pointers, leading the Spartans to a 68-44 victory over lowly Northwestern on Tuesday night. Trice finished with 16 points and Denzel Valentine scored 14 for the Spartans (16-8, 7-4 Big Ten), who bounced back from a 59-54 home loss to Illinois on Saturday. Bryn Forbes had 11 points, and Branden Dawson added seven points and 10 rebounds. Playing in a reserve role for the second time this season, Trice was 5 for 11 from the field in 25 minutes. The senior co-captain had started Michigan State's last eight games. Northwestern (10-14, 1-10) shot 36 percent (15 for 42) in its 10th consecutive loss. Tre Demps led the Wildcats with 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Michigan State used its outside shooting and stifling defense to put Northwestern away in the first half, 38-14.
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