Men's Basketball

Seasiders pillage Urban Knights' defense

Seasiders pillage Urban Knights' defense

SAN FRANCISCO – Every player scored for No. 19/21 BYU-Hawaii men's basketball during an 88-49 victory over Academy of Art in the Kezar Pavilion on Saturday night to sweep its first conference road trip.

Senior guard Pablo Coro had another great game, leading all scorers with 13 points in 24 minutes of play. Senior guard Daniel Berger chipped in 11 points and junior guard Scott Friel added 10, while senior center Jordan Stone was one point shy of a double-double and set a career-high with 17 rebounds. Sophomore guard Gabriel Andrade had a career-high seven points off the bench.

BYU-Hawaii (15-2, 9-2 PacWest) shot 45.7 percent from the field, while holding Academy of Art (4-13, 2-9 PacWest) to 31.3 percent. The 49 points are the fewest allowed by the Seasiders' defense this season. BYU-Hawaii scored 20 points off turnovers and outrebounded Academy of Art 50-33. The Seasiders had 36 points off the bench, 44 points in the paint, 16 fast break points and 12 steals.

After the Urban Knights tied the game at 4-4, Stone and Coro powered a six-point run that gave BYU-Hawaii the 10-4 advantage with 16:37 left in the first half. A tip-in by Stone ended another 6-0 run with 14:48 on the clock to make it a 16-7 game.

Academy of Art retaliated with their own seven-point run to close the Seasider lead to two points with 11:13 in the half. BYU-Hawaii answered with an 11-1 run fueled by Ian Harward and Coro to take a double-digit lead at 30-18 with 5:23 left.

BJ Ford's old-fashioned three-point play gave the Seasiders their largest lead of the first half at 33-20 with 4:50 on the clock. The teams traded points in the final minutes of the half and BYU-Hawaii took a 37-24 lead into the locker room.

Two baskets by Berger in the first minute of the second half put BYU-Hawaii up 41-26, but the Urban Knights countered with a 7-0 run to close the gap to eight with 16:12 in the game.

A 13-2 run fueled by Robbie Mitchell's seven points made it a 54-35 game with 12:46 on the clock. A 3-pointer by Justin Yamzon sparked a 14-point run highlighted by a dunk from Berger to put the Seasiders ahead by 31 points with 7:09 left.

A 17-2 run featuring 3-pointers by Luke Aston, Ford and Andrade almost doubled the Urban Knights' score at 86-44 with 1:37 left in the game.

The Seasiders will return to Hawaii to take on No. 17 Azusa Pacific on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. HST in the Cannon Activities Center. Live stats and audio will be available online.

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