Men's Basketball

Seasiders melt the Penguins' defense

Seasiders melt the Penguins' defense

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – Senior's Pablo Coro and Jordan Stone passed career milestones to lead BYU-Hawaii men's basketball to an 85-74 victory over Dominican on Monday night in the Conlan Center.

Coro finished with 19 points, including three makes from beyond the arc to bring his career total to 203 and pass Wayne Keys for the most in a career at BYU-Hawaii. Stone recorded the first double-double of his collegiate career with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Daniel Berger ended with 11 points and five rebounds. Not far behind, Scott Friel contributed 10 points and seven assists.

As a team, BYU-Hawaii (13-2, 7-2 PacWest) shot 50.9 percent from the field and had their best night from the free-throw line since December hitting 83.3 percent of their attempts. The Seasiders also outrebounded the Penguins (7-11, 4-6 PacWest) by 11.

BYU-Hawaii never trailed in the game building an early 9-4 lead over Dominican within the first five minutes. Luke Aston hit back-to-back 3-pointers to power a 10-2 run and extend the Seasiders' lead to 33-19 with 8:21 left in the first half.

Dominican kept it close, fighting within eight points on a 6-0 run with 5:18 remaining in the half. The teams traded points the rest of the way and a jump shot by Friel with 21 seconds on the clock gave BYU-Hawaii a 45-33 lead going into the break.

Berger took control for the Seasiders to start the second half scoring seven points in a 10-0 run within the first four minutes. Ian Harward tipped in a missed layup to give the Seasiders their largest lead of 22 points at 60-38 with 14:49 on the clock.

Dominican then went on a 16-4 run to get back within 10 of BYU-Hawaii with nine minutes left in the game. After they cut the lead to single digits, a layup by Coro sparked a 9-0 run to put the Seasiders back in front by double-digits at 79-62 with 5:25 on the game clock.

Jordan Stone slammed it home with the foul to repel another Penguin run and push the lead to 82-64 with 3:15 remaining. A 10-3 run to end the game was too late for Dominican and BYU-Hawaii secured its third-consecutive victory.

The Seasiders will return to the court on Thursday to take on Fresno Pacific at 7:30 p.m. PST in Fresno, California. Live stats and audio will be available online.

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