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  Luke Payne

Luke Payne

Player Profile

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Spartanburg, S.C.

High School:
Spartanburg HS

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 185

Position:
G

Major:
Business

2006-07: Played in all 28 games for the Spartans... started 27 times... averaged 11.2 points per game, good for third on the team... grabbed 3.1 rebounds per outing... ranked second on the team with 93 assists and a 3.2 assists per game average... also picked up 25 steals... reached double figures 20 times... scored 15 or more points five times... grabbed five or more rebounds on six occasions... dished out five or more assists six times... had 14 points and five rebounds in the win over Salem International (Nov. 24)... turned in 15 points and three rebounds in the win over Fayetteville State (Nov. 25), enabling the Spartans to win the Carolina Ford Dealers Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Fayetteville State... had 13 points and eight assists against Mars Hill (Nov. 28)... had 12 points and six assists against West Virginia State (Dec. 1)... had 16 points and four rebounds against Catawba (Dec. 16)... finished with a stellar 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists against USC Aiken (Jan. 3)... had 14 points, seven assists, four rebounds and four steals against North Georgia (Jan. 17)... followed that performance with 14 points and six boards against Columbus State (Jan. 20)... had 16 points against North Georgia (Jan. 31)... finished with 12 points, six assists and five rebounds against USC Aiken (Feb. 14)... scored a career-high 24 points to go along with three rebounds, three assists and two steals against Lander (Feb. 21).

2005-06: Played in all 30 games... started 28 times... ranked third on the team and 20th in the Peach Belt Conference with 11.8 points per game... averaged 2.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game... led the league with a 2.04 assist-to-turnover ratio... finished second in the league with an 83.2% free throw percentage... reached double figures 20 times... had four or more assists on 12 occasions... had 12 points and three steals in the 78-69 win at Lenoir-Rhyne (Nov. 19)... had 21 points and five rebounds in the 82-65 victory over UNC Pembroke (Dec. 3)... had seven points, six rebounds, and nine assists in the 79-77 win over Mars Hill (Dec. 10)... had 18 points at Presbyterian (Dec. 14)... finished with 20 points and three assists at Clayton State (Dec. 19)... tallied 16 points and three assists in the 71-69 victory over Wingate (Jan. 4)... finished with 19 points and five rebounds in the 89-72 win at North Georgia (Jan. 7)... contributed 15 points, seven boards, and eight assists in the 96-76 victory over Georgia College & State University (Jan. 11)... finished with 21 points and five assists in the 77-64 win at Augusta State (Jan. 21)... contributed 15 points and six assists in the 81-61 win at UNC Pembroke (Jan. 28)... finished with 15 points at Georgia College & State University (Feb. 15)... tallied 15 points in the 76-67 victory over Armstrong Atlantic State (Feb. 22)... had 13 points and four assists in the 69-68 victory over Clayton State in the quarterfinal round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament (Mar. 3)... tallied 16 points in the 76-65 win over Lander in the semifinals of the league tournament (Mar. 4)... finished with 14 points against Columbus State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 11).

2004-05: Saw action in 31 games... started 16 times... ranked fourth on the team with 8.6 points per game... averaged 2.5 points and 2.6 assists per outing... reached double figures 14 times... had four or more assists on nine occasions... opened his collegiate career with 15 points at Mars Hill (Nov. 15)... had 10 points and seven rebounds in the 103-69 victory over Southern Wesleyan (Nov. 19)... finished with 18 points, five rebounds, and three assists in the 72-65 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (Nov. 20)... had 12 points and six boards in the 85-65 victory over North Greenville (Nov. 27)... had 13 points in the 70-67 win vs. Johnson C. Smith in the Winston-Salem State Tip-Off (Dec. 4)... had 17 points and four rebounds at Limestone (Dec. 16)... tallied 13 points, seven assists, and three steals in the 73-59 win at Wingate (Jan. 2)... had 11 points and five assists in the 90-73 victory over Columbus State (Jan. 22)... had 13 points, three assists, and three steals in the 71-57 victory at Georgia College & State University (Feb. 14)... had 13 points and four assists in the 71-70 win at Armstrong Atlantic State (Feb. 19)... tallied 11 points and three assists in the 79-63 win over Augusta State in the semifinals of the Peach Belt Tournament... finished with nine points and three assists in the 63-59 victory over Winston-Salem State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 12).

High School: Lettered three times in basketball... finished his high school career as a junior and senior at Spartanburg High School... started his prep career at Greensboro Day in Greensboro, N.C... was a member of Greensboro Day's state championship team as a sophomore... at Spartanburg, averaged 14 points, four assists, four rebounds, and was an 83 percent free throw shooter as a senior... named the team's Best Defensive Player... also earned team Most Valuable Player honors... an All-Region and All-State selection... a Team Captain... earned the team's Assist and Free Throw Shooter awards.

Personal: Born on Oct. 3, 1985 in Charlotte, N.C... son of Eddie and Ann Payne... a business major... dad is the head coach of the Spartans and mom was the head coach of the women's teams at Alabama, Charlotte and Belmont Abbey... dad played college basketball at Wake Forest and professionally in France... hobbies include watching sports, playing video games, playing golf, fishing and hanging out with friends.

 
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