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11:11 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

UM and MSU both win NCAA tournament openers, W. Michigan falls

Adreian Payne scored 41 points, the most-ever by a Spartan in the NCAA tournament.
Credit Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports / Michigan State Athletics

Adreian Payne scored a career-high 41 points last night to get Michigan State off to a solid start in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. MSU beat Delaware 93-78.

Payne set a tournament record by making all 17 of his free throws and also broke MSU's tournament scoring record, set by Greg Kelser in 1979.

Payne says he is happy to break records, but he's more concerned about winning games.

"You know we're just trying to continue to win games. You know we play this weekend and we're here to win the weekend, that's the main goal," Payne said.

President Barack Obama picked Michigan State to win the tournament, but will have to cheer against his alma mater for his bracket to work. Michigan State will face Harvard on Saturday.

The Michigan Wolverines Men's basketball team won its first game in the NCAA tournament, defeating Wofford last night 57-40.

Sophomore guard Nik Stauskas led Michigan with 15 points, and helped hold off a second-half rally by Wofford.

Stauskas says after last year's Final Four run, every team is targeting the Wolverines.

"You know I think people get up to play Michigan. With the way Coach Beilein has built this program, people are excited to play us and we just got to be up for every game. I think we did a good job of that today," Stauskas said.

The next team to target Michigan will be the winner of Thursday night's Texas-Arizona State game on Saturday.

Western Michigan is out of the tournament, after losing to Syracuse 77-53.