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No. 5 Michigan State routs North Florida 78-48

Published On: Dec 17 2013 08:25:15 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 17 2013 10:48:10 PM CST
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

Adreian Payne scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half and fifth-ranked Michigan State rolled to a 78-48 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.

Author: NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer