Michigan State moved to 13-0 with 99-93 victory in overtime as Oakland pushed the Spartans to the brink.

The No. 1 ranked Michigan State Spartans took the court for the first time without Denzel Valentine and it showed as the Spartans survived a 15-point deficit against Oakland before moving to 13-0, the best start ever for a Spartan men’s basketball squad.


No. 1 Michigan State set the best start in school history with a perfect 13-0 through non-conference play. It is the longest winning streak since the 2011-12 team won 15 straight after opening the season at 0-2.

MSU moves to a perfect 14-0 all-time against Oakland and 14-2 overall at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Michigan State played overtime for the first time since beating Louisville in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, 76-70, on March 29, 2015 to advance to the Final Four.

Senior guard Bryn Forbes led the Spartan offense with a career-best 32 points and career-high seven 3-point field goals. Forbes shot 9-15 from the field and 7-9 from 3-point range in a season-tying 34 minutes.

Redshirt junior guard Eron Harris scored a season-high 27 points in his first career start as a Spartan. The guard shot 7-13 from the field and made 11 of the Spartans’ season-high 28 free throws. Harris also tied a career-best five assists in a season-high 33 minutes.

The Spartans shot 10-17 from long range, notching a season-best 58.8 percent from behind the arc. Forbes, Harris and junior guard Alvin Ellis III each recorded a 3-pointer.

Michigan State held Oakland to 35.4 percent from the field, marking the ninth opponent, fifth-straight, that the Spartans have held under 40 percent shooting this season.

Senior forward Matt Costello recorded his second double-double of the season and fifth of his career with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Spartans are 4-1 all-time when Costello records a double-double. Freshman forward Deyonta Davis shot a perfect 5-5 from the field, finishing with 11 points.

Michigan State changed their starting lineup (Nairn, Bess, Forbes, Costello and Harris) for the first time this season, starting Harris in place of an injured senior guard Denzel Valentine.

MSU faced their largest deficit of the season with 7:16 left in the first half, as the Spartans trailed the Golden Grizzlies by 15.

MSU tied a season-best 99 points originally achieved in a 99-68 victory over Boston College on Nov. 26. The Spartans are 13-4 when ranked No. 1. This is just the fourth time in school history and the 10th week overall that MSU has held the top spot in the AP Top 25.

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