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Payne scores 41, Spartans top Blue Hens 93-78

NCAA Tournament

Michigan State’s Travis Trice (20) shoots in front of Delaware’s Maurice Jeffers (15) in the first half of a second-round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday in Spokane, Wash.

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Adreian Payne sent Tom Izzo a text. He wants to leave a legacy.
Consider it done.
The 6-foot-10 senior played the game of his life Thursday, scoring a career-high 41 points to help fourth-seeded Michigan State look every bit like a March Madness favorite in a 93-78 victory over Delaware.
“He was playing in another zone, not even in the ozone,” Izzo said. “He was in Pluto and beyond.”
This marked the first 40-point performance in the NCAA tournament since Stephen Curry did it for Davidson in a win over Gonzaga in 2008. Payne set a school tournament ...


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