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.
The magic number is still ‘one’ for the Spartans as Michigan State falls to the Indiana Hoosiers 55-70 on the road Tuesday night.
Michigan State takes over a spot on the top line, bumping Missouri, which lost for the second time this season to Kansas State.