ELLENSBURG, Wash. (Nov. 22, 2013) – The BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team dropped a 86-73 contest to No. 9 Seattle Pacific on Friday night in its first game of the PacWest/GNAC Challenge.
BYU-Hawaii (1-2) shot a solid 50 percent from the field, making 28 of 56 shots and got 17 points from Scott Friel but it wasn't enough. Playing in his home state, Robbie Mitchell posted 10 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals. Seattle Pacific (5-1) made just one more shot on one less attempt (29-55) for 53 percent on the night.
The Seasiders battled with Seattle Pacific for all of the first half. SPU jumped out to a 10-5 lead early on and kept the lead at 22-14 before BYU-Hawaii started to respond.
Friel hit a 3-pointer and followed it up with a layup on the next possession to bring the Seasiders within three at 22-19 with 9:59 to go in the first half.
Mitchell got the Seasiders back in front with another layup to go ahead 32-31 and just over five minutes remaining in the first.
Both teams traded blows back and forth until halftime. Down 39-36, Cory Lange drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send BYU-Hawaii into the lockerroom all knotted up at 39-39. Friel posted 11 points in the first half to lead the Seasiders.
In the start of the second half, the teams went scoreless the opening two minutes before the Falcons struck first with a 3-pointer. Mitchell hit a jumper to answer and then grabbed another steal to feed Friel for another bucket make to take a 43-42 lead with 16:36 on the clock.
SPU retook the lead and pushed it up to 12 points at 69-57 with under six minutes to go. Lange hit a 3-pointer to bring it back to single digits with 5:44 to play.
Down 75-60, BJ Ford hit another shot from behind the arc and Mitchell picked up his fourth steal to set up another Lange layup to cut it back to 10 points with 3:27 to go. Lange got fouled on a 3-pointer on the next possession, making two of three to trim the lead to 75-67 with 3:05 remaining.
BYU-Hawaii wouldn't get any closer as the Falcons controlled the last three minutes and beat the Seasiders 86-73.
BYU-Hawaii will face the host school, Central Washington at 4 p.m. PT (2 p.m. HT) on Saturday in Ellensburg.