Top 25 Men’s Basketball Roundup: Michigan State routs North Florida
No. 5 MICHIGAN ST. 78 NORTH FLORIDA 48
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Adreian Payne scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half and fifth-ranked Michigan State rolled to a victory over North Florida on Tuesday night.
Branden Dawson added 12 points and Denzel Valentine scored 11 for the Spartans, who were ranked No. 1 in the country before a loss to North Carolina on Dec. 4. Michigan State (9-1) narrowly avoided an upset against Oakland last weekend before routing an overmatched North Florida team.
Jalen Nesbitt scored 11 points for the Ospreys (5-7), who have also lost big to Ohio State and Indiana this season.
Michigan State led 50-19 at halftime after shooting 71 percent and holding North Florida (5-7) to 7 of 32 from the field.
No. 7 OKLAHOMA ST. 75 DELAWARE ST. 43
STILLWATER, Okla. — Le’Bryan Nash had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 7 Oklahoma State to a win over Delaware State.
Markel Brown added 14 points for the Cowboys (10-1), Stevie Clark had nine points, and Marcus Smart and Michael Cobbins finished with eight apiece.
Kendall Gray led the Hornets (2-9) with 12 points and eight rebounds. Kendal Williams added 11. Oklahoma State led 30-16 at halftime and went on an 18-2 to start the second half to pull away from Delaware State, which fell to 0-9 against Big 12 Conference opponents.
It was the Cowboys’ fourth straight win since a 73-68 loss to Memphis on Dec. 1, and the third straight game they held an opponent under 20 points in the first half. The Hornets hit 6 of 25 shots over the first 20 minutes and were 15 for 53 for the game.