BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Wins in November can go a long way toward a possible NCAA tournament berth in March, and Oklahoma earned one of those character-building victories.
The Sooners, trailing for most of the second half, needed a frantic last-minute rally to overcome Seton Hall 86-85 on Friday night in the Coachers vs. Cancer Classic semifinals.
Not only was OU down for most of the second half, it was down 85-79 with 32 seconds left before claiming the victory.
The Sooners stole the inbounds pass twice during the final minute, sparked by Cameron Clark hitting two baskets. Freshman Jordan Woodard added another steal and made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 85-84 Pirates with 21 seconds left.
Hield was fouled when Seton Hall couldn't corral the rebound, and Hield drained both free throws with 9.3 seconds left. It was OU's first lead since the 17:59 mark of the second half.
Clark finished with 20 points and nine rebounds. Playing almost literally in his backyard, sophomore Isaiah Cousins had a career-high 19 points. From nearby Mount Vernon, N.Y., Cousins was 7-of-8 from the floor and torched his previous career high of 10 points.
Hield had 13 points, while Woodard scored all 11 of his points in the second half to improve the Sooners to 4-0.
OU will play in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic finals 8:30 p.m. CST Saturday night against the winner of Michigan State-Virginia Tech. The Spartans are the No. 1-ranked team in the nation.