PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Bahamas native Buddy Hield scored 24 points, Frank Booker added 11 and Oklahoma beat No. 22 UCLA 75-65 in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Wednesday.
Jordan Woodard added 10 points for the Sooners (3-1), who were 0-3 overall against UCLA.
Hield was born in Freeport and lived there until moving to Kansas as a high school junior.
Bryce Alford scored 19 points for UCLA (4-1). Kevon Looney finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds, his fourth consecutive double-double for the Bruins.
Half of the eight-team field in the Bahamas came in ranked in the AP Top 25, but Oklahoma's win ensures that an unranked team will play in Friday's title game. Butler knocked off No. 5 North Carolina earlier Wednesday, and the Bulldogs await the Sooners in Thursday's semifinals.
UCLA used a 7-0 run to take a 57-49 lead midway through the second half, before the Sooners came back with an emphatic answer.
That is, before Hield came back with an emphatic answer.
He scored the game's next 10 points, his personal flurry ending with back-to-back 3s, and just like that the Sooners had a 59-57 lead. After consecutive UCLA baskets got the Bruins within three later in the half, Hield struck again from 3-point range to put Oklahoma up 70-64 with just over 2 minutes left.
Hield wasn't the only Bahamian in the game. UCLA forward Wanaah Bail is a native of Nassau, and finished with one point in nine minutes.
Oklahoma: The Sooners faced UCLA for the first time since 1975, John Wooden's final season in Westwood. ... Oklahoma had more 3-pointers in the first half (five) than 2-pointers (four), and the Sooners went more than 10 minutes in the second half without a 2-pointer as well.
UCLA: The Bruins trailed for a total of 9:52 in their first four games, combined. They trailed for more than that in the first half Wednesday. ... UCLA had outscored opponents in all eight halves of the season until Wednesday, when the Sooners took a 32-27 halftime lead.
Oklahoma: Faces Butler in Thursday's semifinals.
UCLA: Faces North Carolina in Thursday's consolation round.