NCAA tournament | East Regional: Payne’s 41 points spur Michigan State

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Michigan State 93, Delaware 78: Adreian Payne scored a career-high 41 points yesterday to lead Michigan State over Delaware in an East Regional second-round game in Spokane, Wash.

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.

This marked the first 40-point performance in the NCAA tournament since Stephen Curry did it for Davidson in a victory over Gonzaga in 2008. Payne set a school tournament scoring record, surpassing the 34 points Greg Kelser scored during Michigan State’s 1979 title run. Payne also set an NCAA tournament record by making all 17 of his free throws.

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

Travis Trice scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half for the Spartans.

Connecticut 89, Saint Joseph’s 81, OT: Shabazz Napier shook off a miss as time expired in regulation to score nine of his 24 points in overtime and lead seventh-seeded Connecticut over Saint Joseph’s in Buffalo, N.Y.

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

With the score tied at 70 entering overtime, Daniels opened the scoring by completing a three-point play with 3:47 left during the five-minute period in which the Huskies never trailed.

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 second-seeded Villanova (29-4) defeated 15th-seeded Milwaukee (21-14) in Buffalo, N.Y.

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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