From local and wire dispatches
Adreian Payne scored 20 points after spending the first half on the bench after a morning scuffle with teammate Brandon Dawson, and No. 18 Michigan State held on for a 81-72 Big Ten Conference victory against Penn State Wednesday night at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa.
Payne, a sturdy 6-foot-10 forward, made up for lost time by dominating the post in the second half. He had 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in a stretch of six-plus minutes after entering the game with about 16:30 left.
Payne added a 3-pointer - only his second made 3 of the year - in the middle of a 20-8 run to help the Spartans (15-3, 4-1) pull ahead midway through the second half.
Penn State (8-9, 0-5) stayed closed much of the game in large part because of Jermaine Marshall, who scored 22 of his career-high 29 points after halftime.
His layup with 15:16 left gave the Nittany Lions a 36-35 lead, riling up a home crowd eager to see an upset.
But Payne answered with a layup, and the Spartans never looked back from there. Penn State fell behind by 16 in the second half before pulling to 73-68-with 1:27 left on a basket from Marshall.
Other district men
? Iowa State 69, West Virginia 67: Freshman Georges Niang hit a layup with 2.5 seconds left and the Cyclones (12-4, 2-1 Big 12) beat the Mountaineers (8-8, 1-3) despite blowing an 18-point lead.
? St. John's 61, Pitt 32: Shenneika Smith scored a game-high 14 points as the Red Storm (9-6, 3-0) defeated the Panthers (9-7, 0-3). Loliya Briggs scored 10 points for Pitt.mobilehome - psusports - pittsports