LAIE, Hawaii (Jan. 10, 2014) - After trailing by 17 in the second half the BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team's comeback fell just a bit short in the end, dropping a heartbreaker to Point Loma 72-69 Friday night in the Cannon Activities Center.
With about 12 minutes to go in the game down 55-38 the Seasiders (6-6, 4-2) started to come alive with a raucous crowd behind them. Luke Aston scored eight straight points in a span of a minute to cut the lead down to 57-46 with 10:51 remaining.
BYU-Hawaii cut it down to four points at 59-55 behind Cory Lange's layup with 7:32 left. Jerome Harris went on an eight point burst inside of three minutes to make it a one-point game at 68-67 with 1:20 left on the clock.
The Seasiders were mounting yet another comeback without the big men after winning Wednesday night's game in overtime after being down 10 with a small lineup on the floor. Both usual starters, 6-10 DeAndre Medlock and 6-7 forward Jordan Ngatai were out with injuries.
A missed free throw on the front end of a one and one sent the ball back to Point Loma (10-5, 5-4) with under five seconds and a 70-69 edge. The Sea Lions took advantage of the quick foul with two makes at the line to take a 72-69 lead and the Seasiders long three attempt at the buzzer came up empty.
Aston finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and one steal while Friel added 12 points, nine boards, three steals and three assists. Harris scored 11 points with three rebounds and two assists. Justin Yamzon, Pablo Coro and Robbie Mitchell all added eight points apiece.
BYU-Hawaii shot 42.6 percent for the game and outrebounded the Sea Lions 42-33 but without the big guys down low, suffered a 42-24 deficit in points in the paint.
In the first half both teams were back and forth, with the Seasiders taking a 32-31 lead at the break after Point Loma hit a three at the first-half buzzer.
The Seasiders wrap up the first homestand of the new year with Chaminade next week in Laie on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cannon Activities Center. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv.