NDSU pulls 12th-seed stunner beating Oklahoma

North Dakota State's Carlin Dupree races up court against Oklahoma in overtime during a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, March 20, 2014. North Dakota State won 80-75 in overtime. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
North Dakota State's Carlin Dupree races up court against Oklahoma in overtime during a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, March 20, 2014. North Dakota State won 80-75 in overtime. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — 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 No. 12 seed North Dakota State knocked off Oklahoma 80-75 Thursday night.

The Bison (26-6) earned their first NCAA tournament win by rallying in the final minute and then outlasting the fifth-seeded 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-pointer that will be replayed in Fargo for years.

Dupree came on in the closing seconds of overtime after Taylor Braun fouled out. He hit two free throws and scored on a difficult baseline leaner with 41 seconds left.

North Dakota State advanced to play No. 4 seed San Diego State in the third round Saturday.

Cameron Clark led Oklahoma (23-10) with 25 points.

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