Big Second Half Surge Shoots Sooners Past Harvard in Hawaii

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Oklahoma’s 3rd-ranked men’s basketball team went on a 21-0 run spanning the two halves, then held off a late Harvard rally to win 83-71, taking the title in the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Christmas Day.

The Sooners trailed by two at halftime, but started the second half on fire, and built the lead to 20 at 62-42.

Harvard made a run to cut the deficit to five at 70-65, but Buddy Hield got a bank shot to fall plus a foul, part of his career high 34 points, as OU held on to win to improve to 11-0 on the season.

Hield hit 11 of 14 from the field and was the tournament MVP.

Jordan Woodard also scored a career high with 28 points, sealing the win with a dunk in the final seconds.

Isaiah Cousins only had 7 points, but passed the 1,000 mark for his career.

OU hit an even 50 percent from the field,  making 9 three-pointers.

Ryan Spangler added 8 points, including a pair of three-pointers early in the second half, and added 15 rebounds.

Oklahoma is off until opening Big 12 play at home on January 2 against Iowa State.