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While we aren’t sure who won the fight between Michigan State teammates Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne — who both sat out the first half of tonight’s game due to a scuffle in the hotel room prior to the game — it’s safe to say that Payne’s career-high 20 points and seven rebounds in the Spartans (15-3, 4-1) 81-72 victory over Penn State (8-9, 0-5) would count as a KO.
Payne, who didn’t touch the floor until 15:30 left in the game, came out going 4-for-4 from the field with 10 points before he even played five minutes. The junior finished the game going 6-of-9 from the field which included a three-pointer, something that the big man has added to his arsenal in the past two games.
Dawson, Payne’s sparring partner, also brought a lot of energy in the second half as he had five points, four rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes.
However, on the hardwood, Dawson and Payne didn’t want a piece of Penn State guard Jermaine Marshall who finished the game with 29 points and 10 rebounds. The junior shot 10-of-18 from the field, and led a late Nittany Lion charge as he had seven points in the final three minutes.
Despite pregame scuffle, Branden Dawson and Adriean Payne are the difference makers for the Spartans. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)
Penn State also got help from sophomore guard D.J. Newbill who went 8-of-11 for 27 points and added six assists.
The guard combination of Newbill and Marshall was a tough matchup for the Spartan backcourt as they were able to get to wherever spot they wanted to on the floor.
MSU guard Keith Appling’s shooting troubles continued tonight against Penn State. Appling shot 27 percent — 3-of-11 shooting — with two assists and two turnovers. Tonight is the third game in a row in which Appling has shot less than 30 percent.
The Spartans got a solid game off the bench from Travis Trice. The guard went 4-of-11 from the field with 11 points and three assists. Trice had struggled scoring the ball as of late, only having five points in his last two games combined.
Tonight’s victory marks Tom Izzo’s career 200th Big Ten win.
The Spartans have a rough schedule ahead as they play Ohio State next on Jan. 19, and then they play red-hot Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois and Minnesota.
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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo released a statement today saying that Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne were involved in a fight Wednesday in the second story lobby of the team hotel.
Izzo said, “I’ve spent my entire afternoon meeting with the players involved and they are both sincerely remorseful.”
Izzo said that neither player will start tonight and they will both pay for...
Spartans! What is your profession?!?
Michigan State forwards Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne were involved in a scuffle at a hotel before Wednesday night's game that led to police responding to the altercation.
Spartans coach Tom Izzo said in a statement that the scuffle started with the off-campus roommates needling each other and led to a dented wall. He said Dawson and Payne will pay for any property damage...
On Wednesday night the 18th ranked Michigan State basketball team (14-3, 3-1) will make their way to Happy Valley to take on the lowly Penn State Nittany Lions (8-8, 0-4).
The meeting will mark the 38th meeting all time between the two, with Michigan State dominating the series 30-7.
Tip off will be at 7:00 PM as the Spartans will be hoping to come away with their second straight...
On Wednesday, a pair of Michigan State basketball players were involved in an altercation which resulted in a busted lip and a dented wall.Head coach Tom Izzo identified the players as forward Branden Dawson and center Adreian Payne via statement. Neither player started the Spartans' game against Penn State on Wednesday as punishment."A scuffle that began as two players...
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo insists his team has yet to play its best basketball, though it's probably time it reaches its full potential with a tough slate looming.
Izzo hopes the 18th-ranked Spartans don't play down to their competition as they visit struggling Penn State on Wednesday night.
Michigan State's solid record (14-3, 3-1) has helped mask its overall inconsistency...
Adreian Payne scored 20 points after spending the first half on the bench following a morning scuffle with teammate Brandon Dawson, and No. 18 Michigan State held on for a 81-72 victory against Penn State on Wednesday night.
Payne, a sturdy 6-foot-10 forward, made up for lost time by dominating the post in the second half. He had 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in a stretch of six...
Branden Dawson went down in a heap Sunday against Nebraska and instantly Déjà vu spread throughout the Breslin; Dawson had surely torn his acl again. In a press conference Monday Tom Izzo gave his thoughts, “I mean, I looked at his face, I don’t know how many of you could see his face. To me, it was 99% blown again, when I looked at his face.” Branden himself...
By Hod Rabino
After deciding to transfer out of Michigan State, Brandan Kearney planned to embark on a tour of a few schools before he settled on the program of his choice. As it turns out, the first stop on that circuit was the team he ultimately chose. Earlier this week, Kearney talked to Devils Digest about his decision to be part of the Arizona State program...
An altercation involving Michigan State basketball players Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson on Wednesday morning at the Nittany Lion Inn is under investigation by the Penn State University Police, according to Chief of Police Tyrone Parham.
Both players punched each other in the face, Parham said. One shoved the other into a wall, causing damage to the wall. Both of them have cuts...