Dec. 23, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Highlighted by a career-high 33-point effort in a 92-78 win at Texas, Michigan State senior forward Adreian Payne was named Big Ten Men's Basketball Player of the Week by the conference office on Dec. 23. It was the second weekly honor of the season for Payne, who averaged 26.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in two games, shooting .708 from the field, including .429 from 3-point range, and .938 from the foul line.
Payne opened the week with a 19-point game against North Florida, as the Spartans claimed a 78-48 win. He added three steals and seven rebounds against the Ospreys. In a road win against the Longhorns, Payne connected on 10-of-13 field goals, including 8-of-8 from 2-point range, and 11-of-12 free throws en route to his 33-point effort. He narrowly missed a double-double, adding nine rebounds against Texas.
On the season, Payne is averaging a team-best 18.1 points in addition to his 8.0 rebounds. He's also shooting .530 from the field and .457 from 3-point range.