FRESNO, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2014) – Pablo Coro hit six 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead the BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team 93-86 over Fresno Pacific on Saturday afternoon.
Coro's six treys tie a career high, hitting the mark for the second time this year. He was 6 of 7 from downtown and had three assists, three rebounds and one block.
Scott Friel added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Jordan Ngatai eased his way back from an injury, logging a casual 17 points in just 18 minutes. Luke Aston added 12 points, three rebounds and one block.
The Seasiders (7-7, 5-3) shot 50 percent from the field and 47.8 from the 3-point line, making 11 of 23.
A late charge from Fresno Pacific threatened the Seasiders but the team held strong on the boards and at the free throw line to close it out.
Fresno Pacific (5-11, 0-8) led 9-8 early on with 14:01 to go but BYU-Hawaii went on a 14-4 first half run to take control of the game, never really giving it back.
Coro blocked a shot at the 11:48 mark and got the ball right back to drill a 3-pointer on the other end to make it 20-11 the next trip down the floor.
Later on, Luke Aston got into the block party with BYU-Hawaii and Robbie Mitchell capitalized for two made free throws to go up 29-17 with 7:40 left.
Out of the break, BYU-Hawaii stretched the lead to as much as 20 early on and it hovered there the first few minutes.
Ngatai got another baby hook to go and Friel picked up a long defensive rebound on the other end. He took it up the floor to keep the lead at 20 points 66-46 with just over 13 minutes remaining.
FPU made a run to shrink the lead down to 11 points with 8:17 remaining but BYU-Hawaii pushed it back to 15 at 77-62 after a layup by Ngatai and a nice pass from Friel.
Coro drained his sixth 3-pointer of the game to make it 82-69 with 5:40 remaining.
Fresno Pacific kept the pressure up however and cut the lead to seven at 89-82 with one minute remaining.
The Seasiders made the stops they needed and hit their free throws to seal the win, 93-86.
BYU-Hawaii travels to Oakland next to play Holy Names on Monday at 7:30 p.m. PT.