Sooners Go Cold, But Hold Off Hawaii to Stay Undefeated

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Oklahoma’s 3rd-ranked men’s basketball team got off a hot start, then had an ice cold finish, but still held on to beat Hawaii 84-81 in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Wednesday, December 23.

OU didn’t make a field goal in the final 8:56, missing their final 10 field goal attempts, but they made enough free throws to hold on to win by three.

The Sooners started the game in the opposite fashion, with a 21-5 run to begin the game.

Hawaii answered with an 18-1 run and the game was tight the rest of the way.

Buddy Hield led the Sooners with 27 points, making five three-pointers, including his first three 3’s to help OU to the big early lead.

Khadeem Lattin had a career high 17 points, including a dunk that was OU’s last basket of the game with just under nine minutes to play.

Isaiah Cousins added 14 points for Oklahoma, who improved to 10-0 on the season.

The Sooners will play Harvard in the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic on Christmas Day at 7:30 pm central time.