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Center Adreian Payne has been one of Izzo's most dependable players all season. Going into the NCAA tournament game against Delaware, he was the Spartans' second-leading scorer this year, averaging 16.7 points per game.
He stepped out of the realm of dependable players and raised his profile with a remarkable 41-point performance. He made 10 of 15 shots from the floor, including going 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. While that display was excellent, he was even better from the free-throw line. He nailed all 17 of his attempts from the charity stripe.
That remarkable showing from the free-throw line was an NCAA record.
Payne also tied Branden Dawson with eight rebounds to lead the Spartans.
He not only punished the Blue Hens, he sent a message that he could become a go-to scorer for the Spartans throughout the remainder of the NCAA tournament.
He became the first player to score 40 or more points in an NCAA tournament game since Stephen Curry accomplished the feat for Davidson in 2008.