(SPOKANE, Wash.) — Michigan State’s senior center Adreian Payne scored a career-high 41 points to elevate the fourth-seeded Spartans past 13th-seeded Delaware, 93-78 Thursday, in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
“He was playing in another zone, not even in the ozone,” Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said of Payne. “He was in Pluto and beyond.”
Payne breaks Michigan State’s school-record for points scored in a NCAA tournament game. Greg Kelser previously held the record, which he set when he scored 34 points in the Spartans’ 1979 title run.
Michigan State (27-8) shot 54 percent from the field and hit 23 of 25 from the free throw line as they advance to take on 12th-seeded Harvard.
Travis Trice scored 19 points and Branden Dawson and Gary Harris both added 10 in the win.
Devon Sadler scored 21 points for Delaware (25-10) in the loss.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire