Men's Basketball

Early defensive effort holds up in 73-64 win over Point Loma

Early defensive effort holds up in 73-64 win over Point Loma

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Feb 15. 2014) – The BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team took control early and held off a late surge to in 73-64 over Point Loma to win the final game of a three-game road swing.

BYU-Hawaii (12-11, 10-7) led by as much as 24 in the second half but a late effort from Point Loma (15-9, 10-8) cut the lead to just five points in the final minutes.

The Seasiders had enough to hang on though and finished with a big road win to return to the islands with.

DeAndre Medlock led BYU-Hawaii with 15 points and seven rebounds. Scott Friel added 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Robbie Mitchell was a good distributor with five assists and was his usual pesky self on defense with four steals.

The 5-foot-9 Mitchell set the tone early with a block of a Point Loma 3-point attempt on its first possession.

The game kept a fast pace with the Seasiders holding the lead the entire game, starting off with an 8-0 run in the first two minutes.

BYU-Hawaii's defense showed great team work holding off Point Loma in the first half after a 10-10 tie.

Luke Aston hit a trey to break up the tie and the Seasiders led the rest of the way, going into half time up by seven, 32-25.

Back-to-back layups from Cory Lange and Friel gave BYU-Hawaii its first double-digit lead in the second half out of the gates.

The lead stretched to as much as 24 points after a 10-1 Seasider run with just over five minutes to go.

Point Loma pushed it late and made a flurry of shots, including three triples in just over a minute as part of a 13-0 run to make things interesting against of Seasiders with two minutes left in the game.

The lead shrank to just five points at 69-64 with 31 seconds left but BYU-Hawaii made 4 of 4 from the line to ice the game and win it 73-64.

The Seasiders will host Fresno Pacific on Saturday, Feb. 22.

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