HONOLULU (Dec. 14, 2013) – The BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team fell on the road to Hawaii Pacific 79-69 on Saturday.
The Seasiders (3-4, 2-1) tied the game up late after falling behind by double digits but Hawaii Pacific (4-2, 2-1) took advantage of free passes to the line, making 8 of 8 free throws in crunch time to put the game out of reach for BYU-Hawaii.
Foul trouble was a problem with point guard Robbie Mitchell having to take a seat in the first half with two early fouls, eventually fouling out in the final minutes. Mitchell finished the game with five points, two assists, one rebound and one steal, only able to play 23 minutes.
The Seasiders shot 35.7 percent while HPU made 47.5 percent from the field and was a perfect 12 of 12 from the line.
BYU-Hawaii opened the game on a 7-0 run. Mitchell hit a 3-pointer to start it off, followed by a layup from Medlock and two free throws from Ngatai with 17:47 left in the first half.
Ford drained a trey to make it 14-9 but the Sea Warriors went on a short run to tie things at 16-16 with 9:50 until halftime and later took a 19-16 lead.
Another layup from Ngatai made it 22-20 HPU with 6:43 until halftine but the Sea Warriors jumped ahead 34-25 in the remainder of the first half. Ngatai led BYU-Hawaii with eight in the first half. Mitchell had two early fouls that forced him to the bench for much of the first.
HPU stretched the lead to 10 points in the first five minutes of the second half but a quick Ngatai score and a steal and score from Mitchell cut the lead to six in two possessions and Ford added another 3-pointer to trim the Sea Warrior advantage to 45-42 with 14:26 to go.
The lead ballooned back to 10 but not before the Seasiders cut things again with a 6-0 run to make it 56-52 with 10:30 remaining.
Medlock blocked a Sea Warrior shot to set up Tyler Tuliau with a fast break. Tuliau got fouled on his way to the rim and made one of two to tie the score at 60-60 with under seven minutes in the game. Medlock made one of his two a minute later, giving BYU-Hawaii its first lead at 61-60 since an early 16-15 lead.
Ford gave BYU-Hawaii a 65-62 with his fourth triple but HPU answered right back with one of its own, tying it up again at 65 all with just over four minutes left on the clock. Medlock added a layup to take a 67-65 lead but HPU went on a 12-2 run over the final minutes to win 79-69.
BYU-Hawaii takes a break from conference play and faces Lake Superior State and Northwood next week on Dec. 19 and 21. Both games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Cannon Activities Center in Laie.