LAIE, Hawaii – Scott Friel's double-double helped BYU-Hawaii men's basketball overcome a halftime deficit to defeat Seattle Pacific 87-74 on Saturday night in the Cannon Activity Center.
"Everyone contributed, everyone that came in did a great job," BYU-Hawaii head coach Ken Wagner said. "Scott is one of those guys that does the dirty work and I love the way he gives full effort in practice and in the game."
Friel ended the game 20 points and 11 rebounds on 8 for 10 shooting. Four other Seasiders finished double figures including Pablo Coro (15), Daniel Berger (10), Cory Lange (12), and Luke Aston(10). Robbie Mitchell had a game-high eight assist and four steals.
BYU-Hawaii shot 63 percent from the field and 93 percent from the free throw line, while holding the Falcons from 47 percent shooting.
With the Seasiders trailing 55-53 in the second half, Lange led an 8-0 run with six points to give BYU-Hawaii the lead for good at 61-56 with eight minutes remaining in the game.
Aston sparked a 6-0 run midway through the first half to give the Seasiders the 18-14 lead with 10:36 remaining. The Falcons battled back tying the game 18-18 after a free throw from Matt Borton. With eight minutes left in the half, a layup by Cory Hutsen gave the Falcons their first lead at 22-20.
After the teams traded leads and ties, the Falcons took control with a 12-0 to take an 11-point lead with three minutes left of the first half. BYU-Hawaii cut into the lead, as Friel and Mitchell made back-to-back layups bringing the score to 36-29 moments later.
Seattle Pacific ended the half with a 3-pointer from Brendan Carrol with 14 seconds remaining to give the Falcons the 44-33 lead.
The Seasiders caught up quickly in the second half with a 12-2 run out of the break to cut the lead to one. Friel gave the Seasiders the lead with a jump shot to make it 51-50 with 13 minutes remaining.
The Falcons didn't go down easy with Garrett Swanson nailing a shot behind the arc to retake a two-point lead for a few minutes before Lange's run. A 10-1 run highlighted by Berger and Aston gave the Seasiders a 10-point lead with seven minutes left in the game.
After Seattle Pacific cut the lead to single-digits, Ian Harward nailed a jumper and Berger stole the ensuing inbound and finished with a monster dunk to spark a 6-0 run and give the Seasiders a double-digit edge for the remainder of the game.
BYU-Hawaii takes on Oakland City at 7:30 p.m. in the CAC. Live video and stats will be available online.