Men's Basketball

Seasiders slash the Silverswords

Seasiders slash the Silverswords

HONOLULU – Pablo Coro continued his hot shooting to help No. 16 BYU-Hawaii men's basketball to a 99-78 victory over Chaminade on Thursday night in McCabe Gymnasium.

Coro finished with 21 points on 50 percent shooting from the field to go with 3 assists. Scott Friel and Jordan Stone both added 11 points to go with six and five rebounds respectively. Justin Yamzon, Luke Aston and Daniel Berger each added 10 for the Seasiders (18-2, 12-2 PacWest).

As a team BYU-Hawaii had seven more rebounds and two more assists than Chaminade (8-11, 5-8 PacWest) to stay undefeated when leading in those categories. The win also put the Seasiders back into a first place tie with Azusa Pacific.

A layup by Stone and a 3-pointer from Coro started off the night for BYU-Hawaii and they led for all but a few seconds of the game. Five consecutive points from Friel sparked a 9-1 run four minutes into the first half to put the Seasiders up by double-digits at 16-6.

With Chaminade trying to fight its way back into the game, Aston came off the bench and hit two shots from behind the arc to keep BYU-Hawaii's lead above 10 at 27-15 with 11:33 left in the half.

The Silverswords cut into the lead after David Ware's jumper brought the score to 31-23 with 9:19 on the first half clock.

After the teams traded buckets for the next five minutes, Coro nailed back-to-back shots from distance to extend the Seasiders lead to 19 points with 2:41 remaining in the first half. Coro then beat the buzzer with another 3-pointer to send BYU-Hawaii into the locker room with a 53-34 lead.

A 3-pointer by Justin Yamzon gave the Seasiders their first 20-point lead of the night with 10:25 left in the game. The teams traded baskets for most of the second half as BYU-Hawaii cruised to its eighth-consecutive victory.

The Seasiders will face its toughest test yet taking on three of the top teams in the PacWest on the road next week. The southern California road trip begins at No. 19 Azusa Pacific next Thursday at 5:30 HST. Live stats will be available online.

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