AZUSA, Calif. (Feb 13. 2014) – Cory Lange led all scorers with a game-high 23 points but the BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team was cold from the field and fell to Azusa Pacific 85-69 on Thursday night.
The Seasiders (11-11, 9-7) made just 17 of 46 field goals for 37 percent against the Cougars (12-9, 8-7). In the previous matchup, BYU-Hawaii went 17 of 34 from the 3-point line alone to beat Azusa Pacific in Laie.
Lange was a bright spot however, finding his free throw groove, making 13 of 13 from the charity stripe. The freshman was just 8 of 24 from the line entering the game. He was 4 of 8 from the field and added four rebounds.
Luke Aston scored 13 points and was a perfect 5 of 5 from the field with three triples and three rebounds. Scott Friel scored nine points and had six rebounds for the Seasiders, and Tyler Tuliau had eight points.
Right out the gate BYU-Hawaii struggled to get ahold on Azusa Pacific as the Cougars were red-hot, creating an 11-point lead early and continued throughout the first half. APU shot 58.8 percent for the game and picked up 11 steals.
Late in the first half with 2:48 left, Aston was good for a 3-pointer to cut the lead down to eight for the Seasiders, but the Cougars took a 10-point lead into halftime at 34-24.
In the second half BYU-Hawaii tried to make runs but Azusa Pacific kept making shots and the lead ballooned to as much as 20 points.
The Seasiders though showed some signs of life at the eight-minute mark with back-to-back threes from Lange and Aston but it wouldn't be enough to catch up with Azusa Pacific in end end.
The Seasiders finish their road trip with another game against Point Loma Saturday, Feb. 15 in San Diego, Calif. at 4 p.m. PST.