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Dawson lifts Spartans in variety of ways

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Junior forward impacts offense and defense -- and energy -- in his fourth game back after breaking his hand. He even came back with a little bit of a jump shot. The Spartans X-factor talks his 16-point, nine-rebound showing in Indianapolis.

The most recent player to return from injury for Michigan State might be the most valuable as the Spartans seek to make a run this March. So it was little coincidence that as junior Branden Dawson showed up in a big way Friday night that Michigan State rolled Northwestern 67-51. In his fourth game back after breaking his right hand in mid-January, Dawson responded to a week of challenges – "They...

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