Men's Basketball

Seasiders overwhelm Wildcats in season opener

Seasiders overwhelm Wildcats in season opener

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."

Coro led all scorers, recording 22 points. Jordan Stone, Justin Yamzon and Luke Ashton each added nine points to the score. Ian Harward contributed eight rebounds and Scott Friel had seven.

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.

View: Mobile | Desktop