LAIE, Hawaii (Nov. 30, 2013) - The BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team overpowered the University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcans in a 99-79 victory on Saturday night.
The win was head coach Ken Wagner's 450th career victory at BYU-Hawaii.
The Seasiders (2-3, 1-0) had six players in the double figures and shot 63.2 percent from the field. Jordan Ngatai led the team with 17 points and eight rebounds and DeAndre Medlock had 12 points and nine boards. Scott Friel scored 15 and had six rebounds and three assists while Cory Lange and Luke Aston put in 12 points each.
Robbie Mitchell continued his balanced play posting 13 points to go with eight assists, six rebounds and two steals in the first Pacific West Conference victory of the year.
BYU-Hawaii started off the game off with energy, racing out to a 12-4 lead in the first three minutes. Ngatai and Medlock each contributed four early points including a dunk by Ngatai. The Seasiders led 21-8 at the 12:52 mark.
With five minutes left in the first half the Vulcans (3-4, 0-1) cut the score to 37-29 but another layup from Ngatai gave the momentum back to BYU-Hawaii. The Seasiders took a 47-36 lead into the locker room.
Hilo trimmed the lead to single digits in the first minute of the second half. A quick 6-0 run gave BYU-Hawaii a 59-43 lead with 17:02 to go to put the home team back in the driver's seat.
BYU-Hawaii continued to keep the pressure on, stretching the lead to a game-high 26 points at 75-49 after Aston picked up a layup with 12:12 on the clock.
Hilo was able to get within 15 at one point but the Seasiders cruised to a 99-79 win.
BYU-Hawaii will have a week to prepare for Hilo again when the Seasiders head to the big island to visit the Vulcans in a quick rematch on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.