HONOLULU (Oct. 31, 2013) – Getting its first game action underway, the BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team fell 101-85 to the University of Hawaii in an exhibition game on Thursday evening.
BYU-Hawaii had five scorers in double digits on a night when the team shot 43.4 percent from the field, including 7 of 16 from behind the arc.
Newcomer Jerome Harris led the Seasiders with 15 points on 4 of 7 shooting. Bracken Funk added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists. DeAndre Medlock had 11 points and sophomore Scott Friel and junior Pablo Coro added 10 points apiece.
The game started with high energy out of both squads anxious to see real competition. After falling behind early the Seasiders put up a 7-0 run to take a 16-13 lead.
Funk hit a jumper and Coro dropped in a 3-pointer and another two during the run with 14:25 to go until halftime.
UH answered back with a 9-0 run of its own to retake the lead but BYU-Hawaii responded again with some hot shooting from back-to-back threes by BJ Ford and Harris. Ford added another trey with 9:35 left until the break to make it 27-26 Seasiders.
Down the stretch of the first half the Rainbow Warriors picked up some momentum and built up a 38-29 lead.
The teams traded baskets into the locker room and BYU-Hawaii went into the break down by a score of 51-41. Medlock led the Seasiders with nine points at halftime.
Out of halftime BYU-Hawaii came out ready to play. Outrebounding UH 25-24 four minutes into the second half, the Seasiders trailed just 61-53.
Another big run from the Bows put BYU-Hawaii in a hole, getting behind 80-60 with 10 minutes left in the game.
BYU-Hawaii wasn't going to go away any time soon as the Seasiders cut the lead down to 85-76 with five minutes to play. Funk's 11 points in the second half helped the run.
UH got hot down the final stretch and pushed the lead to double digits again, taking a 101-85 win.
The Seasiders will host the Asia Pacific Tournament next week and match up in another exhibition contest against Tahiti on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.