Edosomwan was named to the All-Tournament Team after posting his second double-double of the week (Jay Metzger).
HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Harvard men's basketball team had a top-five opponent on the ropes for a second time this season but was unable to pull off the upset as No. 3/2 Oklahoma held on to claim the 2015 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, 83-71.
Harvard (5-7) trailed by as many as 20 points in the second half before going on a 12-0 run to pull back within 62-54. The Crimson's deficit was just five points with 4:28 to play, 70-65, but Oklahoma (11-0) closed the game with a 13-6 stretch to remain unbeaten.
Zena Edosomwan was named to the All-Tournament team after finishing the game with a career-high 25 points and 16 rebounds. The junior turned in two double-doubles over the course of the tournament, averaging 20.3 points per game and 13.0 rebounds per game.
Buddy Hield scored a game-high 34 points on 11-of-14 shooting and was named the tournament's MVP. Oklahoma shot 50.0 percent (27-54) percent from the field and converted 20-of-26 free throws compared to just 13 attempts for the Crimson.
Harvard will return to Lavietes Pavilion for the first time in over a month when it hosts Wofford on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 2:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on NESN and simulcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Oklahoma began the game shooting 5-of-6 from the field to take a 12-5 lead on Khadeem Lattin's dunk. A Woodard 3-pointer extended the lead to 15-7, but Harvard responded with a pair of Edosomwan baskets to cut its deficit to 15-11. Johnson hit his second triple to pull the Crimson within 18-14, and Miller followed a Chris Egi layup to make it a 20-19 game. Harvard took its first lead as Agunwa Okolie turned over Dinjiyl Walker on the ensuing possession and went the distance, 21-20.
Miller answered a pair of Oklahoma buckets with his second 3, and after free throws from Cummins the Crimson regained the lead, 26-25. McCarthy buried a triple off an Edosomwan offensive board to put the score at 31-29, and following a Patrick Steeves' forced a turnover Edosomwan flushed the ball home for a 34-29 edge.
Edosomwan added three more points before Oklahoma closed the half with a 4-0 spurt to put the score at 37-35 in Harvard's favor. The junior led all scorers at the break with 13 points and eight boards.
Oklahoma opened the second half with a 17-0 run and led 52-37 with 16:49 to play. Edosomwan hit Cummins for a one-handed slam to end the run, but back-to-back 3's from Woodard pushed the score to 58-39.
Trailing 62-42, Harvard scored 12 straight points and pulled within 62-54 on an Edosomwan and-1. On the previous possession McCarthy dove to the ground to come away with a loose ball, and buried a triple over top of Oklahoma's 7-foot center Akolda Manyang to make it a 9-0 run.
The Sooners put the score back at 70-60 with a Hield 3-pointer, but Edosomwan scored five straight points to make it a 70-65 game. Oklahoma responded with a 5-0 run of its own, however, and led 75-65 with 1:26 to play.
Johnson made his third 3 with just 58 seconds on the clock and McCarthy added his third to keep the margin at 78-71 with 39 seconds remaining. Oklahoma, however, was able to close the game out to hang on for the 83-71 victory.
Game Notes: Zena Edosomwan was named to the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 20.3 points per game and 13.0 rebounds per game … Zena Edosomwan recorded his fifth double-double of the season with a career-high 25 points and 16 rebounds, his third 20-point performance of the year … Harvard scored 22 second-chance points off 14 offensive rebounds, the fifth most second-chance points scored under Tommy Amaker … Harvard has played three teams ranked in the top five of this week's Associated Press poll and six teams ranked in the top 150 of the RPI … Harvard has made at least one 3-pointer in all 12 games this season … Corbin Miller has made at least one 3-pointer in 15 straight games dating back to last season … Corey Johnson has made at least one 3-pointer in 12 straight games to begin his career.