Tom Izzo worried for four days about Michigan State’s trip to Nebraska, and early in the second half it looked as though his concern was justified.
The eighth-ranked Spartans look to keep pace atop the rugged Big Ten by earning a second straight season sweep of the host Cornhuskers on Saturday night.
Gary Harris and a host of other banged-up Spartans look to help No. 12 Michigan State earn a fifth straight victory over host Purdue on Saturday night.
Payne added a 3-pointer – only his second of the season – in the middle of a 20-8 run to help the Spartans pull ahead midway through the second half.
Police did not name the players because no one has been charged with a crime, but MSU put out a statement later that named the players as Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson.
The 22nd-ranked Spartans seek their 29th straight home victory over an unranked opponent when they host injury-plagued Nebraska on Sunday night.
No. 18 Michigan State used a 28-7 run in the second half to pull away for an 84-61 victory over Purdue on Saturday.
Michigan State Spartans are the Big Ten tournament champs beating Ohio State 68-64 in the final game on Sunday.
Big Ten player of the year Draymond Green scored 14 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in Saturday’s 65-52 semifinal win over No. 14 Wisconsin, and he said Sunday’s game is a chance at redemption for top-seeded Michigan State.
No player in Michigan State history has won a pair of outright Big Ten regular-season championships, though seniors Austin Thornton and Draymond Green are on the verge of becoming the first two.
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