LAIE, Hawaii (Nov. 16, 2013) Eight different players scored in double figures for the BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team in a 105-64 victory over Western State Colorado on Saturday afternoon to open the 2013-14 season.
The Seasiders (1-0) not only shot well at 60.7 percent from the field and made 12 of 21 threes for 57.1 percent. The Mountaineers (0-1) didn't have much breathing room as BYU-Hawaii's defense caused 13 turnovers and came up with 11 steals.
Jordan Ngatai led with a team-high 15 points. Tyler Tuliau had 12 points and five rebounds while DeAndre Medlock, Cory Lange, Pablo Coro, BJ Ford, Jerome Harris and Robbie Mitchell all chipped in 10 points apiece. Mitchell also contributed seven assists, four steals, three boards and had zero turnovers.
The Seasiders shot well early and BYU-Hawaii's hot hand put together an 11-0 run half way through the first half. The bench played a critical role in establishing the Seasiders early lead. Coro and Ford combined for five 3-pointers with 10 minutes left in the half.
Western State fought hard to erase the early deficit, but struggled to put up points shooting just 33 percent from the field and 11 percent behind the arc. The Seasiders defensive presence was felt causing 6 early turnovers.
Medlock rocked the house with a two-handed slam dunk in the final minute of the first half putting the Seasiders up 44-26 into the break.
BYU-Hawaii carried its momentum and lights-out shooting from the first half to go up by 29 points at 68-39 with 13 minutes to go in the game. Another dunk from Medlock with 6:55 to go made it 85-45, stretching the lead to forty.
The Seasiders continued to cruise, crossing the triple digit mark with a 105-64 victory.
BYU-Hawaii will head out on the road to take on No. 10 Western Washington, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. PT.