EAST LANSING — Adreian Payne went 5-of-6 from the field for 14 points and five rebounds in the No. 18 Michigan State Spartans (16-3, 5-1) 59-56 impressive victory over No. 11 Ohio St. (13-4, 3-2) Saturday night.
The junior from Dayton, Ohio has really been on a tear as of late (averaging 14.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in his last four games), but throughout his career he has had a lot of success against his home state Buckeyes.
In five career games against Ohio State, Payne has shot 76.9 percent (20 for 26) and averaged 10.6 points and four rebounds.
While he had a great game tonight, his best game against OSU came last season when he scored 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting and had four rebounds in Columbus.
After Saturday’s game, Ohio State head coach Thad Matta stated that he believes Payne is “playing as well as anybody in the country right now,” and I can’t say that I disagree.
Izzo seems to realize that his junior big man, Adreian Payne, is ready to be unleashed. (Andy Lyons – Getty ...