AZUSA, Calif. (Mar. 8, 2013) —The season came to an end for the Brigham Young University Hawaii men's basketball team tonight as the Seasiders lost to conference champion Dixie State 71-59 in the semifinals of the inaugural Pacific West Conference post-season tournament.
The fifth-seeded Seasiders, who finish 16-12 for the season, shot a season low 33.8 percent (22-65) from the field and were particularly cold in the second half (8-35, 22.9%) while the Red Storm shot 50 percent (23-46) from the field for the game.
BYU-Hawaii led by six points, 37-31 at halftime and appeared to be in good position to pull off the upset. However, the cold second half shooting, including just 1-13 (7.7 percent) from three point range, proved to be too much to overcome. The Seasiders kept the game close until the final minutes by forcing the Red Storm into 25 turnovers. Dixie State also had a huge advantage from the free throw line, shooting 20 more free throws than the Seasiders and hitting 14 more.
Pablo Coro hit five first-half three-pointers to lead the Seasiders with 15 points. Junior Ale tallied ten points and grabbed five rebounds in his final game as a Seasider and his two three-pointers gave him 196 for his career, second in BYU-Hawaii history. Robbie Mitchell scored ten points and handed out five assists to go with three steals while Bracken Funk added eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Seasiders. Solomone Wolfgramm came off the bench for six points, seven rebounds, and three steals in just eight minutes of play.
De'Quan Thompson had 18 points to lead Dixie State, now 21-6 for the season. The Red Storm will face Chaminade in tomorrow's final.