HILO, Hawaii (Dec. 7, 2013) – Back on the road for the second time this season, the BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team took down the University of Hawaii at Hilo 80-62 on Saturday night.
Pablo Coro drained six 3-pointers, tying his career-best at BYU-Hawaii. He posted 18 points, four assists and two steals. Robbie Mitchell added a career-best 16 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four assists.
BYU-Hawaii shot 44.6 percent for the game and made 10 triples. The Seasiders crashed the boards, outrebounding the Vulcans (3-7, 0-4) 44-27. BYU-Hawaii also was efficient at the charity stripe, making 12 of 13 for 92.3 percent.
After a tie 11-11 game five minutes in, Hilo took a five point lead before a jumper from Tyler Tuliau and two made freebies from Aston cut the Vulcan' lead to 17-16 with 12:23 remaining in the first half.
Hilo hung on to a small lead until a steal and score from Mitchell knotted things up again 20-20 with under 10 minutes until the break.
Down by one again at 29-28, Coro sank a 3-pointer, sparking a 10-0 run for the Seasiders.
BJ Ford posted another trey, Mitchell made two free throws and Ford added two more points, giving BYU-Hawaii a 38-29 lead with 2:23 left until halftime. The Vulcans went on a short run to end the half but the Seasiders took a 38-35 lead into the locker room. Coro posted three makes from downtown in the first half.
At the start of the second half Hilo tied it up twice in the first minute but then BYU-Hawaii started to take control. Another 3-ball from Coro and a make from Medlock pushed the lead back to five points and later a trey from Aston and another score from Mitchell made it 50-42 with 15:56 to go.
Mitchell scored a layup at the 11:36 mark to give BYU-Hawaii its first double-digit lead at 56-46. The Seasiders started to roll at that point.
Two more treys from Coro with a layup from Mitchell sandwiched in between pushed the lead to 73-53 and then Scott Friel got into the 3-point barrage with one of his own to add on with 4:36 to go. The Vulcans cut it to 18 but never any closer with BYU-Hawaii cruising to victory on the big island.
The Seasiders play at Hawaii Pacific on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. HT.