Behind a career high and MSU tournament record 41 points from Adreian Payne, the Spartans bested an upstart Delaware team 93-78. Though there were flashes of brilliance from the Hens, there was no doubt who the better team was throughout the game. Michigan State straight up commanded Delaware. Payne was brilliant to say the least. He was 4 of 5 from behind the arc. He was causing post players to look ridiculous trying to guard him. Plain and simple, Adreian Payne is a beast.
The Spartans also saw solid contributions from Travis Trice and Gary Harris, although Harris fouled out with about 5 minutes left in the 2nd half. Trice took the Spartans on his narrow shoulders when Payne hit a “cold streak” and missed on a 3 point shot, his only 3 point miss all night. Trice ended the game with 19 points. Gary Harris started off hot early and then cooled down garnering 10 points in the process. The only other Spartan with double digit points was Branden Dawson, netting 10 points himself.
The Spartans move onto face 12th seeded Harvard in the round of 32. Harvard is a very confident and tournament familiar team. Tommy Amaker, former Michigan head basketball coach, has the Crimson playing solid ball right now and could spell trouble for MSU. Will the Crimson pull off the upset or will the Spartans prove their supporters right? Let me know. Go Green!