No. 25 Spartans Win Junkanoo Jam Lucaya Division with 93-90 Double Overtime Thriller Against Oklahoma State
Nov. 29, 2009
FREEPORT, Bahamas - Senior Allyssa DeHaan scored eight of her season-high 23 points in the two overtime periods, as the No. 25 Michigan State women's basketball team outlasted Oklahoma State in double overtime, 93-90, in the Junkanoo Jam Lucaya Division championship game on Saturday night.
In a game which including 22 lead changes and 12 ties, the two teams battled back-and forth all night inside the St. Georges High School Gym. The Cowgirls led by as much as 10 in the first half, but the Spartans battled back and put together a 10-0 run to take a four-point lead 30-26 with 6:18 left to go in the first half. OSU retook the lead with 1:22 to go at 41-40, but MSU closed the half with the final five points to take a 45-41 halftime lead.
The Spartans scored the first basket of the second half for its biggest lead of the game, and would hold onto the lead until Oklahoma State tied the game at 60 with 6:58 to go in regulation. The Cowgirls opened up a four point advantage (65-61) with 5:05 left, but a 12-4 MSU run gave the Spartans back the lead at 73-69 with under one minute to go. However, OSU scored the final four points of regulation capped by two free throws from Andrea Riley with 12 seconds left to force overtime.
DeHaan scored the first eight points of overtime for the Spartans, giving them an 81-80 lead with 1:39 left. A pair of Kalisha Keane free throw widened the Spartan lead to three with 1:07 on the clock, but Riley banked in a fall away 3-pointer from 25-feet as time expired to send the game to double overtime.
Both teams lead early in the second overtime, but a jumper by OSU's Lindsay Keller tied the game at 88 with 1:05 left. The Spartans scored the next five points, begun by a layup by redshirt senior Aisha Jefferson, to put the game away. Riley hit a layup as time expired for the 93-90 final.
DeHaan was named the Lucaya Division's most valuable player, and Keane joined her on the all-tournament team.
Oklahom State's Andrea Riley scored 44 points and dished out eight assists in the loss. Riley went 14-of-42 from the field, including 3-of-16 from 3-point range, and hit 13-of-17 free throws.
The Spartans return to action against No. 4 North Carolina on Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. at the Breslin Center.
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