Saturday , Dec , 06 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Sooners work overtime to outlast Michigan State

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – DeAngelo Alexander scored the go-ahead
point on a free throw with just 47 seconds left to play in overtime to lift
14th-ranked Oklahoma over No. 5 Michigan State, 80-77, at the Palace of Auburn

Jason Detrick drained 16-of-18 foul shots and finished with 26 points for the
Sooners (5-0), who are undefeated through their first five games for the first
time since the 2000-01 campaign. Jabahri Brown added 16 points in the victory.

Paul Davis and Alan Anderson each tallied 17 points for the Spartans (3-3),
who dropped their second straight game.

Alexander hit his crucial foul shot to put the Sooners ahead 73-72 and they
led the rest of the way.

Detrick then made two free throws with 11 seconds remaining to increase the
Oklahoma edge to 75-72.

But the Spartans would trim the deficit to 76-74 and had a chance to tie the
game in the final seconds as Maurice Ager drove to the basket. The ball went
in, but Ager was called for an offensive foul, which negated the two points.

The Sooners led by as many as 15 in the second half, but the Spartans clawed
all the way back.

With just 6.9 seconds to play in regulation, Davis got an offensive board and
posted a three-point play to tie the game at 65-65 for Michigan State,

The Sooners led 38-31 at the intermission after they held the Spartans to 30
percent shooting from the field in the opening half.

The Sooners have defeated the Spartans in back-to-back years, but still trail
the all-time series, 4-3.