Hawaii tops WSU, advances to 1st Diamond Head Classic final /

The Hawaii bench reacts to play against Washington State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, in Honolulu. Hawaii defeated Washington State 62-51. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

HONOLULU — Samuta Avea scored 19 points and tournament host Hawaii advanced to the final of the Diamond Head Classic for the first time with a 62-51 victory over Washington State on Friday night.