Senior center Adreian Payne did not start, but was a major factor in Michigan State’s 82-67 stomping of Big Ten rival Penn State, Thursday night at the Breslin Center.
Payne finished the game with 12 points, 3 rebound in 18 minutes of playing time. Senior pointguard Keith Appling did not play, resting a nagging wrist injury.
Redshirt freshman guard Kenny Kaminski shot a perfect 3-f0r-3 from 3-point range in the first half, allowing the Spartans to pull out to an early lead. Kaminski led all Spartan scorers with a career-high 19 points.
Players such as Kaminski, Gavin Schilling and Matt Costello played a larger amount of minutes than usual, while MSU head coach Tom Izzo methodically subbed Payne in and out of the game.
Penn State’s poor perimeter defense allowed MSU to shoot 70 percent from 3-point range, sealing the MSU victory.