Adreian Payne showed he can still dominate a game, even after coming back from his injury this season. He scored a team-high 20 points with 14 rebounds for a double-double.
"It's amazing," Michigan State's Tom Izzo said of his senior star. "Here's a kid that two or three years ago couldn't get up and down the floor more than 15-18 minutes a game. Now he's carrying our team. I'm proud of him."
Even without the help of key players like senior guard Keith Appling (wrist, and forward Branden Dawson (hand), Payne and the rest of the Spartans showed they can still dominate on both sides of the court. Spartans were able to cruise through most of the game and took out the Northwestern Wildcats, 85-70.
Payne wasn’t alone as he got significant help from the back-court. Sophomore star Gary Harris notched 14 points with three assist and a steal.
Michigan State handled the ball great on both sides of the court. As a team they shot 53.3% with 22 team assists and notching 37 boards and only committed seven turnovers. They held the Wildcats to 46.2% shooting, 13 assist and 24 boards.
"We definitely had more breakdowns tonight defensively than I thought we've had in the last month," Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. "Part of that is them running a really good offense, and part of that were some breakdowns we had that we just haven't had."
"When healthy, I truly believe they're the best team in the country," Collins said. "They're loaded. I hope they can get healthy."
Coach Izzo has stated that he hopes Appling can make it back to the lineup within a week or two. Dawson is expected back near the end of the month.
Next the Spartans will host the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Sunday the 16th. The game is set to start at 3 pm Eastern Time and will air live on the Big Ten Network.
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