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Buddy Hield helps No. 3 Oklahoma rout Washington State

Kalani Takase Associated Press

HONOLULU – Buddy Hield scored 25 points as No. 3 Oklahoma cruised to an 88-60 win over Washington State in a quarterfinal-round game of the Diamond Head Classic Tuesday night.

Hield made 8 of 13 shots from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range, and was a perfect 4 for 4 from the free-throw line in just 26 minutes played. He had 15 points by halftime.

Isaiah Cousins had 13 points, Dante Buford added 11 and Jordan Woodard 10 for the Sooners (9-0), who led by as many as 30 points late in the contest.

Oklahoma shot 56.7 percent (17 of 30) from the field in the second half and 50 percent (31 of 62) for the game.

Ike Iroegbu and Josh Hawkinson scored 16 points apiece for Washington State.

Oklahoma held a 38-31 lead at halftime.

The Sooners put the game out of reach early in the second half. Woodward made a 3-pointer from the left wing at the 15:10 mark to ignite a 17-0 run that stretched his team’s lead to 67-41.

Oklahoma emptied its bench for much of the latter portion of the second half. All 15 players who suited up got in the game.

Buford was the lone Sooner to score in double figures off the bench. He shot 4 of 7 from the field and grabbed five rebounds in 16 minutes.

Ryan Spangler grabbed seven of his eight rebounds in the first half. Woodward recorded six assists and Cousins five.

Washington State was 24 of 69 (34.8 percent) from the field, including 5 of 21 on 3-pointers. It led for just nine seconds of game time and did not make a shot from the field in the final 3:09.

It was just the second meeting between the schools. Oklahoma beat Washington State, 74-59, on Nov. 23, 2011 in Anaheim, Calif.


Oklahoma: Hield eclipsed the 30-point mark in his previous two games, including a career-high 33 points in an 87-74 win over Creighton Saturday.

Washington State: The Cougars, who were coming off a 78-73 overtime win against Texas State Friday, saw their two-game win streak snapped.

Up next

Oklahoma will play the winner of Northern Iowa-Hawaii in a semifinal Wednesday.

Washington State faces the Northern Iowa-Hawaii loser in a consolation game Wednesday.

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