LAIE, Hawaii - Pablo Coro led No. 17 BYU-Hawaii men's basketball to a 92-78 victory over No. 14 Azusa Pacific on Thursday night in the Cannon Activities Center.
"We're really happy and excited because I thought we played really well," BYU-Hawaii head coach Ken Wagner said. "I was proud of them and we played good defense tonight."
Coro scored 23 point, four assists, and three rebounds. Daniel Berger contributed 19 points and five rebounds. Ian Harward had 12 points and six rebounds. There were a total of 7 lead changes and the teams tied twice.
As a team, BYU-Hawaii shot a blazing 57.1 percent from the field. The Seasiders outrebounded the Cougars by 13 and had eight more assists.
Azusa Pacific and BYU-Hawaii battled back-and-forth for the first 12 minutes of the game, but Coro and Justin Yamzon hit back-to-back 3-point jump shots to put the Seasiders ahead 32-27 with 7:58 remaining. Coro scored six and Berger chipped in four during a 15-2 run to take a 48-32 lead into the break
Both teams traded baskets to begin the game, but the Cougars pulled ahead with a 6-0 run to take a seven point lead with 17:02 left in the half. A tip-in and jumper by Berger broke sparked a 6-0 run for BYU-Hawaii to pull within one with 15:48 in the half. The teams continued to exchange baskets, trading leads until a 3-pointer by Luke Aston put the Seasiders ahead 18-14.
Jordan Stone took the lead at the beginning of the second half with a jump shot and two free throws to build a 20-point lead in the first two minutes of the second half.
BYU-Hawaii went on a 5-0 run that featured a make from behind the arc by Luke Aston and a jump shot by Berger to build the largest lead of the game at 72-49 with 12:37 on the clock.
Cougars tried to catch up to the Seasiders, but could only close the gap to 15. BYU-Hawaii cruised to the 92-78 victory and extend its winning streak to six games.
The Seasiders will return to action on Saturday night against Cal. Baptist in a battle for the number one spot in the PacWest conference at 7:30 p.m. HST in the Cannon Activities Center. The game will be a blackout for all in attendance. BYUtv will broadcast the game live and live stats will be available online.