COL BKB: Michigan State 62, Columbia 53

Nov. 15, 2013 at 11:54 PM

EAST LANSING, Mich., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Adreian Payne fueled a game-ending run Friday and No. 2 Michigan State fought off an upset bid by downing Columbia 62-53.

Coming off its win over top-ranked Kentucky, the Spartans found themselves in a tough fight with the Lions.

Columbia trailed by only one with 4:15 to play after Alex Rosenberg hit a layup, but the Lions did not score another point. Payne started the eight-point, game-ending surge with a free throw, scored on a dunk with 1:19 to go and closed the scoring with two foul shots.

Payne finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds while Gary Harris had 11 for the Spartans (3-0). Michigan State attempted seven 3-point shots and missed them all.

Columbia (1-2) was led by Maodo Lo with 12 points.

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