Buddy Hield scored 34 points and Jordan Woodward had 28 — both career highs — to help third-ranked Oklahoma beat Harvard 83-71 in the Diamond Head Classic championship game.
HONOLULU – Buddy Hield scored 34 points and Jordan Woodward had 28 — both career highs — to help third-ranked Oklahoma beat Harvard 83-71 on Friday night in the Diamond Head Classic championship game.
Hield was 11 of 14 from the field and 9 of 10 from the free-throw line, and Woodward was 9 of 13 from the field and 6 of 7 from the line.
The Sooners (11-0) shot 50 percent from the field (27 of 54) and made nine three-pointers. Woodward was 4 of 7 from beyond the arc, and Hield 3 of 5. Senior Ryan Spangler contributed 15 rebounds and eight points.
Spangler spent his freshman year at Gonzaga, averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in the 2011-12 season.
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Junior Zena Edosomwan scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-20 shooting and had 16 rebounds for Harvard (5-7). The Crimson had won three straight.
Down 37-35 at halftime, Oklahoma opened the second half with a 17-0 run.
• Roderick Bobbitt scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half and Hawaii beat Auburn 79-67 in the third-place game in the Diamond Head Classic.
Bobbitt was 6 of 7 from three-point range, 8 of 13 overall and made all eight of his free throws. Stefan Jankovic had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Rainbow Warriors (9-2).
Kareem Canty led Auburn (6-5) with 22 points and eight assists. Bryce Brown added 20 points.
• Identity-building seems more important for No. 12 Kentucky and 16th-ranked archrival Louisville than claiming Bluegrass bragging rights.
The winner of Saturday’s showdown in Lexington can take a big step in that process, along with giving its fan base something to feel good about entering conference play.
The talented and young Wildcats (9-2), replacing seven players who turned pro after last season, are finding their way after opening No. 2 in the AP Top 25. They face an 11-1 Louisville squad that leads the nation in scoring margin at plus-30.2 points.