With a dunk at the 4-minute 15-second mark of Michigan State’s 93-78 win over Delaware, Adreian Payne moved atop the list of single-game scoring performances by a Spartans player in the NCAA tournament. Payne scored 23 of his game-high 41 points in the first half in easily the best individual performance in Thursday’s first round. His 41 points were the most scored in an NCAA tournament game since Tayshaun Prince scored 41 for Kentucky against Tulsa in 2002.
Payne shot 17 for 17 from the free throw line, breaking the previous NCAA tournament record for free throws without a miss (16, set by Princeton’s Bill Bradley in 1963 and Wyoming’s Fennis Dembo in 1987). The senior was 10 of 15 from the floor, 4 of 5 from three and two rebounds shy of a double-double. The Spartans will face No. 12 Harvard in the second-round after they knocked off Cincinnati.