Men's Basketball Falls to No. 3/2 Oklahoma in Diamond Head Classic Championship

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.

Evan Cummins scored 10 points with Corey Johnson, Tommy McCarthy and Corbin Miller each hitting three 3-pointers for nine points apiece.

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.