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Payne brings the pain

Michigan State forward scores 41 in win over Blue Hens

Published: Friday, March 21, 2014 12:04 a.m. CDT
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(Elaine Thompson)
Michigan State's Adreian Payne shoots over Delaware's Barnett Harris during Thursday's NCAA tournament game in Spokane, Wash. Payne scored 41, and Michigan State won 93-78.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Adreian Payne scored a career-high 41 points to get Michigan State off to a solid start in the NCAA tournament with 93-78 win over Delaware.

Payne, a 6-foot-10 senior, scored 12 straight points in the first half to help the fourth-seeded Spartans (27-8) to an 18-point lead.

He set an NCAA tournament record by making all 17 of his free throws, and broke the program's tournament scoring record, set previously by Greg Kelser in 1979.

Devon Saddler had 21 points, and Davon Usher added 20 for the 13th-seeded Blue Hens (25-10).

Harvard 61, Cincinnati 57: Siyani Chambers scored 11 points in Spokane, Wash., including five straight in the final 2 minutes, and 12th-seeded Harvard won its second NCAA tournament game in history.

Wesley Saunders led the Crimson (27-4) with 12 points, as Harvard pulled off an upset for the second straight year. Last year, Harvard upset New Mexico as a 14 seed.

The Crimson became the first Ivy League school with NCAA tournament wins in consecutive years since Princeton in 1983-84.

UConn 89, St. Joseph's 81, OT: Shabazz Napier shook off a miss at the second-half buzzer to score nine of his 24 points in overtime and lead seventh-seeded Connecticut to a win over Saint Joseph's in Buffalo, N.Y.

DeAndre Daniels scored 18, while freshman center Amida Brimah forced overtime by completing a three-point play in the final minute for UConn (27-8).

Langston Galloway scored 25 points for Saint Joseph's (24-10).

Villanova 73, Milwaukee 53: Darrun Hilliard scored 16 points, JayVaughn Pinkston added 13 and Villanova beat Milwaukee in Buffalo, N.Y.

No. 15 seed Milwaukee (21-14), the surprise champion of the Horizon League, made it a game all the way, leading much of the first half before fading late.

Villanova (21-14) was eager to get back on the court after being upset last week by Seton Hall in the Big East tournament quarterfinals, but the affects of that loss seemed to linger.

A 12-point run spanning halftime gave the Wildcats a nine-point lead early in the second half and they held on.

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