Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne were the big story before Michigan State and Penn State tipped off tonight, thanks to their morning altercation that prompted a call to university police.
They were the story of the game, too. Checking in together for the first time with 16:37 to play in a tight contest, they lifted the No. 18 Spartans to a 81-72 victory at Bryce Jordan Arena.
And then they were the postgame story. Coach Tom Izzo brought Dawson and Payne with him to his news conference, where both apologized for a hallway scuffle at their hotel that resulted in a hole in the wall but no charges — and apparently, no lingering issues in the locker room.