Michigan State basketball players Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne will not start in tonight's game against Penn State due to a physical altercation that occurred between them this morning, coach Tom Izzo said in a statement.
Izzo confirmed the event in the statement, announcing that both players would take full responsibility for their actions.
One of the men also shoved the other into a wall, which caused minor damage to the wall, police said.
Police said they arrived at the hotel as the team was on a bus about to go to the Bryce Jordan Center, but they spoke to Dawson and Payne. Both players had cuts on their faces when police arrived and were cooperative in speaking with the officers, police said.
Police said they are still investigating the case and are determining whether or not charges will be filed.
Meanwhile, Payne is a junior center, who averages 8.5 points per game and leads the Spartans with 7.2 rebounds per game. Payne has started just six games this season, but was expected to return to the starting lineup tonight prior to the altercation.
The Lions will look for their first conference victory as they take on the Spartans at 7 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center.