Men's Basketball

Seasiders Stone-wall Lancers down the stretch

Seasiders Stone-wall Lancers down the stretch

LAIE, Hawaii – Four players scored in double figures as No. 17 BYU-Hawaii men's basketball took home a 100-87 victory over No. 16 Cal Baptist on Saturday night at the Canon Activity Center.

"I was really proud of our guys and the way they played" BYU-Hawaii head coach Ken Wagner said. "We came out strong and showed discipline throughout the entire game."

Scott Friel had a perfect shooting game, sinking 7-of-7 shots from the field and 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to lead the team with 20 points, while adding two steals and six rebounds. Daniel Berger and Pablo Coro followed Friel's performance adding 19 points apiece. Jordan Stone had several monster jams down the stretch to finish with 18 points.

As a team, BYU-Hawaii (17-2, 11-2 PacWest) finished shooting a blistering 63.6 percent shooting from the field and 54.5 percent from behind the arc. The Seasiders were also recorded a season-high nine blocks, led by four from Ian Harward. The Seasiders outscored the Lancers (15-4, 9-3 PacWest) by 20 in the paint.

BYU-Hawaii led the game from start-to-finish, winning the tip-off and scoring the first five points of the game on a layup by Scott Friel and a 3-pointer from Pablo Coro. After a Cal Baptist layup, Danny Berger scored four in a row to spark an 8-1 run to give BYU-Hawaii the double-digit lead at 13-3 with 16:17 left in the half.

The Lancers cut back within single digits, but a pair of free-throws by Coro and a layup by Friel extended the lead back to 12 with 14 minutes remaining in the opening period.

A layup by Tyler Tuliau started a 12-point Seasider run that featured back-to-back three-pointers from Justin Yamzon and Luke Aston and a jump shot from Cory Lange to build a game-high 25-point lead at 41-16 with 8:29 on the clock.

Cal Baptist did not go away with Ryan Berg beating the halftime buzzer cutting the lead to 53-43 going into the locker room.

Pablo Coro led all scorers with 14 points at the break, sinking 3-of-4 attempts behind the arc to go with six assists and three rebounds.

The Lancers came charging out of the break drawing within four of the Seasiders with 16:06 left in the game. It looked as if BYU-Hawaii was going to retake a double-digit advantage, but Cal Baptist went on an 8-2 run to get back within one at 70-69 game with 10:54 remaining.

The game remained close with both teams trading points, but the Seasiders were able to maintain their lead going into the final five minutes in at 84-77.

With 4:10 remaining, Friel sank four-consecutive free throws to once again increase the lead to 11. BYU-Hawaii's lead would grow to as many as 15 before the final buzzer including two highlight dunks by Stone, as the Seasiders cruised to their seventh-consecutive victory.

The Seasiders return to action against cross-island rival Chaminade at 7:30 pm HST in Honolulu. Live stats will be available online.

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