Payne just had one of the single greatest games by an individual ever for Michigan State. It couldn't have come at a better time, the opening game for the Spartans
Payne finished the game with 41 points and 8 rebounds. He was 10 for 15 from the field, 4 for 5 from 3, and 17 for 17 from the free throw line, a tournament-record. He broke a tournament record for points by a Spartan, beating Greg Kelser's performance in 1979. Payne also drew 12 fouls in the game. If he continues at this pace, the Spartans will be very hard to beat, and Payne will be picking himself up an MVP. He was undoubtedly the MVP tonight.
Michigan State will take on 12th seeded Harvard, who beat Cincinnati today 61-57, on Saturday.
Obama, your team is still alive.