Published January 16, 2013
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Michigan State forwards Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne were involved in a scuffle at a hotel before Wednesday night's game that led to police responding to the altercation.
Spartans coach Tom Izzo said in a statement that the scuffle started with the off-campus roommates needling each other and led to a dented wall. He said Dawson and Payne will pay for any property damage, and that each player was "sincerely remorseful."
Izzo said neither player would start when the No. 18 Spartans meet the Nittany Lions. Dawson (10.5 points) has started all 17 games this year. Payne (8.5 points) has started six, but has come off the bench recently.
A Penn State spokeswoman said school police responded Wednesday morning to a report of an altercation at the campus hotel.