Men's Basketball

Seasiders begin key stretch in southern California

Seasiders begin key stretch in southern California

AZUSA, Calif. – A place in the postseason PacWest tournament will be on the line when No. 8/13 BYU-Hawaii men's basketball takes on No. 18/23 Azusa Pacific University on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. PST in the Felix Event Center.

No. 8/13 BYU-Hawaii (18-2, 12-2 PacWest)

  • The Seasiders will start their road trip with a eight-game winning streak into their game against Azusa Pacific including Thursday's game against Chaminade.
  • The Cougars and Seasiders have only met once before in Azusa, Calif. with Azusa Pacific recording an 85-69 victory.
  • Pablo Coro led the team with 21 points on 50 percent shooting from the field to go with three assists against Chaminade. He scored 23 points in the first meeting with the Cougars on 9-of-13 shooting.
  • 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 against Chaminade combined with Azusa's loss to Cal Baptist gave BYU-Hawaii a half-game lead for first place in the conference standings.

No. 18/23 Azusa Pacific (19-4, 12-3 PacWest)   

  • Azusa Pacific lost a heartbreaker to Cal Baptist 87-80 after an 11-0 run broke open a tight game with under eight minutes remaining.
  • Troy Leaf led the team scoring with 32 points, his third game above 30 points this season.
  • Leaf has scored 20 or more points in nine-consecutive games, a new career best.
  • As a team, Azusa Pacific hit 43.1 percent of its shots, struggling in the second half connecting on only 36.6 percent of its shots down the stretch.
  • The 109 points scored by the Cougars against Hilo two weeks ago were the most scored by Azusa Pacific since joining Division II.

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