LAIE, Hawaii- Senior guard Luke Aston led BYU-Hawaii's men's basketball to a 104-87 victory over rival Chaminade on Saturday night in the Cannon Activities Center.
"I was really proud of our team," BYU-Hawaii head coach Ken Wagner. "They were really aggressive offensively and kept pushing the ball. More importantly, we our rebounding was tremendous and defensively when we needed it. Our big guys came through some big blocks."
Aston came off the bench to score 19 to go with five rebounds. Senior guard Pablo Coro added his first double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 assists. Junior forward Scott Friel and senior guard Daniel Berger both contributed 14 points.
The Seasiders (6-0, 2-0 PacWest) shot 56.7 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from behind the arc. BYU-Hawaii's defense held Chaminade (3-4, 1-1 PacWest) to 47.4 percent and 29.4 percent from distance.
The teams traded the lead six times as the offenses came out shooting. , which led both teams to tie of 4-4, less than two minutes of the game starting. Coro hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Robbie Mitchell added a layup to put the Seasiders up 18-9 with 16 minutes remaining in the half.
A 3-point shot made by Cory Lange BYU-Hawaii its first double-digit lead of over Chaminade at 33-22 midway through the half. Despite Chaminade's best efforts to catch up to the Seasiders, Friel kept BYU-Hawaii up by 11 with a jump shot to make it 51- 40 heading into the break. Aston led all players with 10 points in the half.
The Seasiders jumped out early in the second half with a 7-3 charge led by Coro and Fiel to make it 58-43. Chaminade battled back again using several small runs to cut the lead to nine-points with 14:21 remaining in the game.
A six-point run by the Silverswords cut the Seasiders lead to five points at 70-65 with 12 minutes left. Berger answered with an individual 6-0 run to put the Seasiders back on top by 11 with eight minutes remaining.
Ian Harward's jump shot put BYU-Hawaii into the triple digits and Coro's layup gave the Seasiders their largest lead of the game at 102- 84 with only 2:13 left on the clock.
BYU-Hawaii will head north to take on Alaska Fairbanks in the Seawolf Jamboree on Friday at 6 p.m. Alaska Standard Time. Live stats and video will be available online.