NEW YORK —
Buddy Hield made two free throws with 9.3 seconds to give Oklahoma the lead after a frantic rally, and the Sooners beat Seton Hall 86-85 on Friday night in the first semifinal of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Trailing by six with less than a minute to play, Oklahoma (4-0) converted two steals on inbounds plays to rally for a chance to play No. 1 Michigan State in the final at 8:30 tonight (TruTV).
Oklahoma’s Isaiah Cousins, a local star from Mount Vernon who had 19 points, hit a basket to make it 84-79 with 51 seconds left. Seton Hall’s Sterling Gibbs then made one of two free throws — missing his first of 15 attempts in the second half. Gibbs led all scorers with 26 points.
Cameron Clark followed with a layup then, after a timeout, he stole the inbounds pass and made another lay-up.