Keith Appling scored 16 of his career-high tying 27 points in the first half to help Michigan State pull away and rout New Orleans 101-48 Saturday.
Payne scored a career-high 33 points while hitting 10 of 13 from the field and 11 of 12 free throws as the Spartans used a second-half surge to win 92-78 at Texas last Saturday.
It’s a relief for hungry college students in East Lansing.
Attendance is down overall in most sports. Do you go to games as much as you used to. Why or why not. Does it boil down to cost or a teams’ winning ways?
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.