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Oklahoma stunned in overtime by No. 12 seed NDSU

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 20, 2014 at 11:34 pm •  Published: March 20, 2014
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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Oklahoma played catch-up for most of the night, trying to chase down the latest No. 12 seed looking to create some March chaos.

The fifth-seeded Sooners finally caught North Dakota State, and then failed to hold on.

"Our guys fought like crazy, last 25 minutes of regulation, to get back and finally get into a position to win the ballgame," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "They hit a big shot to get it into overtime. Tough, tough one to lose."

Lawrence Alexander hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to force overtime and freshman Carlin Dupree scored four points in the final 75 seconds as North Dakota State knocked off Oklahoma 80-75 Thursday night.

The Bison (26-6) picked up their first NCAA tournament win by rallying in the final minute and then outlasting the Sooners in overtime. Alexander finished with a career-high 28 points, but it'll be his falling-down, fist-pumping celebration after the tying 3 that will be replayed in Fargo for years.

And it'll be part of nightmares in Norman after the Sooners rallied to take their first lead of the second half with 1:29 remaining.

"I don't know who was on the ball, but he made a big shot, a big 3," Oklahoma's Cameron Clark said. "We thought we had him contained. He stepped up and made a big shot and tied the game."

Clark led Oklahoma (23-10) with 25 points, including 16 in the final 5 minutes of regulation and overtime. Clark was the catalyst of Oklahoma's late run that gave the Sooners a 65-61 lead with 38 seconds left in regulation. Isaiah Cousins added 17 points and Jordan Woodward had 13, making up for leading scorer Buddy Hield being limited to nine points on 4-of-14 shooting.

Oklahoma gave NDSU a chance at tying by twice missing foul shots in the final minute. Woodward split free throws with 39 seconds left and Cousins did the same with 26 seconds remaining, giving the Bison a chance to tie it.

Oklahoma had chances to win in regulation. With the entire lower bowl standing, the Sooners got off three shots. Hield's open 3 rimmed off, Woodward's free-throw line jumper was short and Cousins' reverse layup attempt at the buzzer never caught the rim.

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