LAIE, Hawaii – Scott Friel scored 25 points to lead BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team to an 88-74 victory over Notre Dame de Namur on Saturday night's game in the Canon Activities Center.
"Our team played hard and we had a lot of improvements on defense" BYU-Hawaii head coach Ken Wagner said. "There were a lot of good things we showed tonight, so I was happy."
Friel led all players with 25 points, shooting 83.3 percent from the field and added nine rebounds and three steals. Pablo Coro added 16 points and four assists on the night.
As team, the Seasiders (11-2, 5-2 PacWest) shot 58.2 percent from the field and had more assists, rebounds, second chance points and more than tripled the Argonauts (2-12, 1-7 PacWest) with points off the bench.
Within eight minutes of the beginning of the game there were seven ties as the teams traded baskets and defensive stops, until Friel muscled through two defenders to put in a fast break layup and give the Seasiders the slight lead.
From then on BYU-Hawaii took control of the game, but Notre Dame de Namur kept close on its heels. A steal and finish by Friel ended a seven-point run to give BYU-Hawaii their biggest lead of the first half at 36-30 with 3:15 remaining in the half.
With 0:47 the Argonauts came within one point of the Seasiders and had possession of the ball, but couldn't score before the buzzer after strong defense by Stone, Friel and Robbie Mitchell to send the Seasiders into the locker room ahead 38-37. Friel led all scorers with 15 points and three steals added 4 rebounds in the first half.
After a rocky beginning to the second half, the Seasiders went on a 9-1 run that featured shots from Coro, Mitchell and a two-handed dunk from Stone to give BYU-Hawaii the 53-46 lead with 14:58 remaining.
BYU-Hawaii maintained their advantage and by 7:45 they were leading the Argonauts by double-digits for the first time after a tip-in from Ian Harward made it a 68-57 game.
The Seasiders found their groove with 5:12 remaining as a free-throw from Tyler Tuliau sparked a small 5-0 run to give them the 13 point lead and they held off any late charges by the Argonauts.
BYU-Hawaii will head on its northern California road trip with its first stop at Holy Names on Saturday at 4 p.m. PDT at Tobin Gymnasium. Live Stats will be available online.