LAIE, Hawaii (Jan. 8, 2014) - The BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team crashed the boards and outmuscled Dominican after being down double digits in the second half for an 87-82 overtime win on Wednesday at the Cannon Activities Center.
The shorthanded Seasiders (6-5, 4-1) outboarded the Penguins (11-5, 5-3) 42-29 for the game and a big 8-4 in overtime. BYU-Hawaii was missing its two leading scorers. Starting big man 6-10 DeAndre Medlock was out with a concussion and starting 6-7 forward Jordan Ngatai left in the first half due to an ankle injury. Ngatai had 12 points and four boards in the first half.
Scott Friel played about every position on the floor and came away with a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, including four on the offensive glass. Tyler Tuliau also had to play big and came away with eight points and seven boards in 20 minutes off the bench.
Pablo Coro led the Seasiders in scoring with 15 points and six assists while freshman Cory Lange added 11 points and five boards off the bench, including two big boards in overtime to help seal the victory.
BYU-Hawaii shot 50 percent for the game, matching Dominican's 50.8 percent effort, but dominated the glass down the stretch for the win. The Seasiders also got eight points from Jerome Harris and six points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds from Robbie Mitchell.
In a second half that saw Dominican go up by 10 midway through, BYU-Hawaii rallied and took a 77-76 lead with 1:48 to play in regulation. Lange, Tuliau and Mitchell all hit their shots during a 6-0 run to take the lead.
The game went back and forth in the final 1:48 and went into overtime all tied up at 78-78.
BYU-Hawaii took the lead in overtime and never gave it up, fighting for boards and outscoring the Penguins 9-4 in the extra five minutes.
Lange started off OT with a midrange jumper but Dominican answered on the other end. Mitchell and Tuliau both added scores to make it 84-80 with just over 1 minute to go.
With 44 seconds left, Lange pulled down another defensive board to let the Seasiders dribble around and bring the clock all the way down to 15 seconds before Coro drew a foul.
Coro made both freebies and the Seasiders slammed the door, winning it 87-82.
Neither team led by more than four in the first half in an incredible back and forth game. The game featured 18 ties and 24 lead changes throughout.
The Penguins stretched their lead all the way to 10 points in the second half at 58-48 before Pablo Coro put together a four-point play after a made triple and a foul on the shot to make it 58-52 with 13:45 remaining.
Coro added another make from downtown to make it a three-point game a minute later.
The lead went back to seven but BYU-Hawaii continued to fight back, cutting the lead down to two with 7:14 remaining and again to six before the Seasiders rallied once again in the final minutes of the second half.
BYU-Hawaii hosts Point Loma on Friday night in the Cannon Activities Center. The game will be televised live on BYUtv. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to receive their free "6th Man" t-shirts.