LAIE, Hawaii - Pablo Coro led BYU-Hawaii men's basketball to an 87-61 victory over Central Washington on Friday night in the Cannon Activities Center.
"It's always good to win, but I was more excited that a lot of players on our team contributed," BYU-Hawaii head coach Ken Wagner said. "I thought Pablo did a good job leading the team. Robbie really turned it on defensively."
BYU-Hawaii (1-0) shot 52.4 percent from distance, while holding the Wildcats (2-1) to only 17.4 percent. The Seasiders bench was also strong contributing 41 points on the night. BYU-Hawaii also outrebounded Central Washington by 11.
Coro started the game with nine points of BYU-Hawaii's first 11 points after three 3-point jump shots. The Wildcats held the lead until Yamzon buried a 3-point jump shot put the Seasiders ahead 21-19 with 10:22 on the clock. BYU-Hawaii would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game.
A 12-4 run put BYU-Hawaii up 36-25 with 4:27 left. Another 3-point jump shot by Coro, a jump shot by Friel, and a jump shot by Tyler Tuliau rounded out the first half with the Seasiders taking 43-35 into the locker room. Coro finished the first half with 16 total points, 12 coming from 3-pointers.
Stone's jump shot at the beginning of the second half was followed up by four consecutive points from Friel with 17:56 left in the game to put BYU-Hawaii ahead 49-35.
A 10-4 run ending with a one-handed slam by Daniel Berger gave the Seasiders the 59-41 lead with 14:21 on the clock. A two-handed, breakaway dunk by Stone a few seconds later widened BYU-Hawaii's lead to 20 points. A six point run featuring four points from Cory Lange brought the score to 72-47.
Two 3-point jump shots from Yamzon, a free throw from Harward, and a layup from Lange comprised the 9-5 run that put the Seasiders its largest lead of 29 at 85-56 with 2:35 left of the game.
BYU-Hawaii returns to action tomorrow to take on Seattle Pacific in the final game of the PacWest/GNAC Crossover Challenge at 7:30 p.m. in the CAC. Live stats and audio will be available online.