Men's Basketball

Seasiders’ defense clips the Hawks’ wings in second half

Seasiders’ defense clips the Hawks’ wings in second half

OAKLAND, Calif. – Daniel Berger powered BYU-Hawaii men's basketball to an 88-67 victory over Holy Names on Saturday in the Tobin Gymnasium.

Berger led all players with 18 points to go with six rebounds. Pablo Coro added a great all-around game of 15 points, six rebounds, and three steals. Scott Friel, Luke Aston and Ian Harward each added 10 points for the Seasiders (12-2, 6-2 PacWest).

As a team, BYU-Hawaii outshot Holy Names (2-14, 0-8 PacWest) from the field at 55.0 percent and pounded them inside with a 26 point advantage in the paint.

BYU-Hawaii took control of the game early with a 12-2 run off a great team effort from the second group off the bench to put the Seasiders ahead 24-11 with 10 minutes remaining in the half.

After the Hawks cut the game back to single digits, Berger drained a 3-pointer with only seven minutes left in the half to put the Seasiders back in front by double-digits at 29-17.    

Holy Names answered again with a small run to head to the locker room down 37-28 to BYU-Hawaii.

The Seasiders jumped out quickly after the intermission with an 11-2 run, bookended by layups from Coro. Harward laid the ball in with 15:34 left to put the Seasiders up by 20 points at 52-32.

Coro and Berger hit two shots from behind the arc and Harward finished the old-fashioned 3-point play to give BYU-Hawaii a 25-point lead with only 13:09 left remaining in the game.

The lead hovered around 20-points for the next several minutes and five-consecutive points from Luke Aston gave the Seasiders their largest lead of the game at 74-48 with 6:09 remaining.

Holy Names answered with a 12-1 run to cut the lead to 15-points with three minutes remaining. Coro hit a 3-pointer and Friel laid it in twice during a 9-0 run to extend the BYU-Hawaii lead back over 20 at 84-61 with 1:15 remaining to seal the victory.

The Seasiders continue their road trip at Dominican on Monday at 7:30 PST. Live Stats and audio will be available online. 

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