LAIE, Hawaii - BYU-Hawaii men's basketball broke triple digits as they never trailed in a 119-81 victory over Oakland City on Monday night in the Cannon Activities Center.
"One of our strengths is that we have a lot of great players and our players played well tonight," BYU-Hawaii head coach Ken Wagner said. "They all played hard and that wears the other teams down as the game goes along. We still need to improve in some areas, and when we do we're really going to be good."
Pablo Coro led the Seasiders (3-0) with 20 points. Jordan Stone added 19 points and eight rebounds, while Daniel Berger pitched in 18 points and five assists. Justin Yamzon led all players with six assists.
The Seasiders out rebounded the Oaks 37-22 and scored 45 points off the bench. BYU-Hawaii shot 67 percent from the field and 66 percent from distance, while holding Oakland City (3-1) to 46 percent and 39 percent respectively.
Berger nailed two shots from behind the arc to lead BYU-Hawaii on an 11-2 run to start the game. An additional 3-pointer from Coro brought the score to 16-5 with 16:15 on the clock.
Oakland City clawed its way back into a single-digit lead, but a jump shot by Ian Harward with nine minutes remaining pushed the score to 36-26. A 7-2 run by BYU-Hawaii widened the lead to 13 points at 47-34 with 4:38 on the clock. The Oaks closed the gap yet again with five-point run to make the score 51-45 with two minutes remaining.
The first half ended with a jump shot by Harward and layup by Scott to make the score 55-46 in favor of BYU-Hawaii. Coro led all players into halftime with 20 points scored.
The Seasiders began the second half with a 7-2 run that brought the score to 62-50 with 17 minutes left in the game. A thunderous dunk by Berger gave BYU-Hawaii the 14-point lead with 16:20 left and brought the crowd to its feet.
Stone scored seven point and Friel added five in a 16-0 run that gave the Seasiders the 82-54 lead with 12 minutes on the clock. BYU-Hawaii extended its lead to 31 after a jump shot by Harward and 3-pointers by Luke Aston and Yamzon forcing Oakland City to take a time out with eight minutes remaining in the game.
A 3-point jumper from Lange helped BYU-Hawaii hit triple digits at 102-66 with 6:50 on the clock. The largest lead of the game came after Aston's 3-point jump shot with 4:54 left, putting the Seasiders up 39 points as they cruised to victory.
BYU-Hawaii will face Washburn at 7:30 p.m. HST in the Cannon Activities Center on Friday night. Live stats and audio will be available online.