BELLINGHAM, Wash. (Nov. 19, 2013) - On the road for the first time in the 2013-14 season, the BYU-Hawaii men's basketball came up short in an 80-74 loss to No. 7 Western Washington on Tuesday night.
The Seasiders (1-1) led by 19 early in the second half but couldn't hold off the Vikings (2-0) down the stretch. Pablo Coro had 15 points in the first half to power BYU-Hawaii to a lead but left the game with 16:31 to go in the second half with an injury and did not return.
The game took a turn without Coro's offense and Western Washington was able to creep back in.
DeAndre Medlock posted a double-double with 22 points and a career-best 14 boards. Coro had five assists to go along with his 15 and Cory Lange had nine points, three rebounds and two steals. Luke Aston chipped in six points, eight rebounds, two blocks and one steal.
The Seasiders shot 46.6 percent from the field to Western Washington's 39.1 percent. The Vikings hit the offensive glass hard and grabbed 18 offensive rebounds, resulting in 22 second-chance points to give them an edge.
A quick score after a free throw from the Vikings cut the Seasider lead to 31-27 but Coro settled the road team down with two made freebies. The makes sparked a 10-0 run down the stretch of the first half.
The Seasiders opened up the second half still charging, stretching the lead to 19 even after Coro went down.
With about 13 minutes to play BYU-Hawaii went cold and surrendered too many turnovers and Western Washington steadily came back.
The Vikings retook the lead at 67-66 with 4:42 to go and hung on down the stretch to drop the Seasiders 80-74.
BYU-Hawaii looks to regroup with another tough test vs. Seattle Pacific in the PacWest/GNAC Challenge in Ellensberg, Wash. on Friday at 8 p.m. PST.