No. 5 Michigan State Handles Texas

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0  Updated at 6:19 pm, December 21st, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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G. Fiume/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — It was just too much Payne for Texas to take.

Michigan State’s 6-foot-10, 245 pound senior forward Adreian Payne poured in a career-high 33 points and also grabbed nine boards helping the fifth-ranked Spartans thump Texas, 92-78.

“This is probably Adreian Payne’s best game of his life and definitely of his Michigan State career,” Spartans head coach Tom Izzo said. “We went to him just about every time and he delivered almost every time, with the way he shot from the field, from the 3-point line, from the free throw line, getting nine boards. He did a heck of a job.”

So did Texas — At least at first.

The Longhorns (10-2) led at halftime and actually led 8:58 into the second half. But the Spartans proceeded to go on a 14-2 run, a run Texas couldn’t recover from.

Gary Harris scored 19 and Travis Trice added 13 for Michigan State (10-1) in the win.

Center Cameron Ridley led Texas with 17 points and nine rebounds.

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