Payne leads MSU past Delaware in Tourney opener
Adreian Payne scored a career-high 41 points as Michigan State cruised to an impressive 93-78 win over Delaware in an NCAA Tournament opener. Travis Trice added 19 points off the bench for the Spartans, who will advance to play Harvard in the third round of the East Regional on Saturday.
Payne, a 6-foot-10 senior, scored 12 straight points in the first half to help the fourth-seeded Spartans (27-8) to an 18-point lead.
He set an NCAA tournament record by making all 17 of his free throws and broke the program’s tournament scoring record, set previously by Greg Kelser in 1979.
Devon Saddler had 21 points and Davon Usher added 20 for the 13th-seeded Blue Hens (25-10).