The March 7, 1899 issue of the MAC Record, an alumni publication, reveals that the M.A.C. Aggies played their first basketball game against Olivet, loosing 6-7. The teams were so evenly matched that at the end of two 20-minute periods they were tied. In the eight minute mark of the third overtime period lasting 10 minutes, Olivet was able to make a free throw after a foul. The game was hard and fast from start to finish but was characterized by way too many fouls, most of which the referees ignored. Interference with the ball when it was clearly in the hands of the opponent was of too frequent an occurence. The most brilliant play in the game was a long goal from the field by M.A.C. player Ellis Ranney.
For more information see Spartan sports encyclopedia : a history of the Michigan State men’s athletic program / Jack Seibold. Champaign, IL : SportsPublishing, c2003.