Mar 20, 2014; Spokane, WA, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Gary Harris (14), guard/forward Branden Dawson (22), guard Keith Appling (11), forward Adreian Payne (5), and guard Denzel Valentine (45) look on in the second half of a men

2014 NCAA Tournament Results: Payne Dominates For Michigan State Spartans Over Delaware


The Michigan State Spartans looked a little rusty in the early going of this one but ended up rolling over the Delaware Blue Hens 93-78.

The big storyline in this game was the dominance shown by Adreian Payne.  The Spartan big man had 41 points, good enough for school tournament record and the most since Davidson’s Stephen Curry in 2008.

Both coaches had glowing remarks about Payne’s performance after the game.  Tom Izzo noted that Payne played in a he hadn’t witnessed before.

He was playing in another zone, not even in the ozone,” Izzo said. ”He was in Pluto and beyond.”

Delaware coach Monte Ross even admitted that his team had no answer for Payne’s game.

Forty-one is 41, and he was a load tonight,” Delaware coach Monte Ross said. ”He was probably the best big man that I have faced in 21 years of college basketball.”

Adreian Payne is clearly trying to make up for lost time after missing most of the season with a bad ankle. Payne showed no ill effects from the injury and told coach Tom Izzo he wanted to leave his mark on the Spartan program by bringing home a National Championship.

‘Leaving a legacy. I talked to Coach about that,” he said. ”The other day, I sent him a text and we’re just trying to win games. We are here to win the weekend and that’s the main goal.”

Payne will certainly accomplish that if he continues this kind of play. He will try to carry that over into the next round when the Spartans take on 12th seeded Harvard in the Round of 32. Harvard advanced after upsetting 5th seeded Cincinnati on Thursday.

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