Men's Basketball

Second half surge drops Academy of Art 87-74

Second half surge drops Academy of Art 87-74

LAIE, Hawaii (Jan. 6, 2014) – The BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team overcame a slow start with a big second half to down Academy of Art 87-74 on Monday night at the Cannon Activities Center.

The Seasiders (5-5, 3-1) found themselves in an early slugfest in the first half but put together a 49-point second half to fuel the victory.

BYU-Hawaii shot 51.5 percent for the game and 42.9 percent from downtown. Pablo Coro came off the bench and led with 19 points while Jordan Ngatai added 16 points and six rebounds. Jerome Harris pitched in 10 points as well.

BJ Ford hit a triple to give BYU-Hawaii its first lead at 7-5 in the opening minutes.

A back and forth battle ensued in the first half, both teams struggling to find the basket. Academy of Art led 15-13 with under nine minutes in the first half.

Cory Lange picked up a layup, Harris hit back-to-back jumpers, and Scott Friel added another amidst an 8-0 run to power the Seasiders back in front 19-15 with 6:24 to go until halftime.

Down the stretch of the first half, BYU-Hawaii put together an 11-2 run, highlighted by buckets from Coro and Tyler Tuliau. The Seasiders took a 38-27 lead into halftime.

The first few minutes of the second were basket-for-basket until BYU-Hawaii started pulling away at around the 15 minute mark.

Luke Aston pulled up for a quick triple and came down the floor on the next possession only to add another 3-point basket.

Ngatai added an alley-oop dunk with a toss from Ford to make it a 20-point BYU-Hawaii edge with 13:13 to go in the game.

The Seasiders pushed the lead to 26 at one point, cruising to an 87-74 win in the end.

BYU-Hawaii hosts Dominican at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Cannon Activities Center.

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