Buddy Hield goes for 25 as Oklahoma advances with a 88-60 victory

OU reaches the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic on the back of a third-straight 25-point game by its top scorer.

Buddy Hield has always been a big-grinned, high-volume scorer for the Oklahoma Sooners, but he’s starting to add an elite level of consistency to his game.

After surpassing the 30-point mark just once in each of the last two seasons, Hield has now 68 points in the past three games combined. The most recent outburst, after back-to-back 30-point games, fueled Oklahoma's 88-60 victory in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic against Washington State in Hawaii.

He knocked down a 3-pointer and flashed his usual three raised fingers off his forehead. Hield, who finished with a game-high 25 points, threw down a two-handed alley-oop and motioned to the bench during a 17-0 run midway through the second half.

He scored the first eight points of the second half for No. 3 Oklahoma (9-0), which raced out to a 20-point lead with more than 12 minutes to go after leading by just seven points at halftime.

Oklahoma, which remained as one of only five unbeatens left in the country, will play Hawaii, which upset Northern Iowa in the first round, on Wednesday at 8 p.m. CST in the semifinals. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Isaiah Cousins scored 13 points and dished out five assists. Jordan Woodard had 10 points and six assists. Ryan Spangler had six points and eight rebounds for the Sooners.

Dante Buford added a career-high 11 points.

The Sooners, who came into the game as the second-best field goal defense in the country, held Washington State to just 35.3 percent from the field. The Cougars shot better than 50 percent coming into the game. 

Washington State slowed the tempo in the first half, but once Oklahoma got going, there was no stopping the Sooners and the “Buddy Hield Show.”

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