SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 25, 2014) – Pablo Coro made it count at the free throw line and the BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team hung on for a 112-107 victory over Academy of Art on Saturday afternoon.
Coro scored 26 points and went 15 of 17 from the line, including 8 of 8 in overtime to help lift the Seasiders (9-8, 7-4) to the win. Coro also added eight assists.
Luke Aston drilled a triple from the corner to make it 104-99 with under a minute to go in OT, giving BYU-Hawaii the cushion it needed. Coro made free throws down the stretch to close it out.
Scott Friel was also crucial at the line, going 15 of 19 and scoring 23 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. Friel's double-double is his third of the four-game road trip. DeAndre Medlock added 21 points and seven boards with BYU-Hawaii getting three players over 20 points.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Academy of Art's 6-10 center tied the game at 82-82 near the two minute mark in regulation but BYU-Hawaii answered with five quick points, including Friel's and-one play to make it 86-82 with 1:43 to play in regulation.
Both teams continued to battle down to the end of regulation. The Urban Knights answered with clutch shots to keep within striking distance after a 3-point play to make it 91-89 with 14.1 seconds left.
Down three, Academy of Art sent it to overtime with a long triple to tie it up 92-92.
Coro made the lead 99-96 with a turnaround jumper at the three-minute mark in overtime.
After another old-school and-one play for the Knights it was tied again at 99-99 with 1:47 to go in OT.
After Aston's triple, free throws on both ends dictated the rest of overtime but Coro went 8 of 8 to ice the game for the Seasiders, hanging on to win it 112-107.
Two more Seasiders scored in double figures, Aston with 16 including four treys, and Jerome Harris with 15 points. BYU-Hawaii shot 50 percent for the game to Academy of Art's (4-14, 2-9) 52.1 percent but the difference came at the line with the Seasiders hitting 41 of 58 freebies.
In a foul-heavy first half with both teams in the bonus by the 10-minute mark, the Seasiders held on to a 49-45 lead at halftime. Friel led with 12 points, eight of them coming at the free throw line.
The whistles continued to blow frequently in the second half. Coro scored four straight for the Seasiders to keep the lead at 68-65 with 9:55 remaining.
Leads continued to change through the final minutes of the second half with each team having a response to the other's attack. BYU-Hawaii made just a few more plays to get to the line and took advantage to pick up the win to finish up the road trip.
BYU-Hawaii returns to Laie for a matchup with Azusa Pacific on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.