LAIE, Hawaii (Feb. 1, 2014) – DeAndre Medlock scored 29 points but the BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team couldn't come all the way back late, falling to No. 14 Cal Baptist 84-78 on Saturday night.
Medlock pulled down six boards to go along with his 29 points. He had several put-back dunks and was an efficient 14 of 19 from the field.
Scott Friel continued his streak of double-doubles with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He added four steals and three assists. Friel has three double-doubles in a row and five in the last six games, with seven total this year.
BYU-Hawaii (10-9, 8-5) shot 46.7 percent from the game but struggled from behind the arc, going 3 of 17 from downtown after shooting the lights out with 17 made threes the game before. The Lancers (18-1, 12-1) were efficient, hitting 50 percent of their shots and made 11 of 23 from downtown.
BYU-Hawaii cut a once 16-point lead down to four in the final minute but never got any closer.
With 6:10 left in the game, BYU-Hawaii started to chip away.
Medlock and Jerome Harris hit back-to-back jumpers over the next minute and the charity stripe helped as the Seasiders cut things to a nine-point ballgame with 1:27 left.
Friel hit a shot to make it seven and he added a long triple on the next possession to make it just 79-74 with 41 seconds left.
The Seasiders got it to four points after Tyler Tuliau put back an offensive board for a score but Cal Baptist held at the free throw line in the end to hang on to win.
BYU-Hawaii led at the half 39-38 but the early second-half run from the Lancers gave the visiting PacWest leaders the edge.
The Seasiders host in-state foe Hawaii Pacific on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The game is the kickoff to Spirit Week 2014 at BYU-Hawaii, and will feature free T-shirts as part of a "White Out" night.