SAN DIEGO, Calif. – No. 8/13 BYU-Hawaii men's basketball was unable to cap off a second-half comeback losing 85-82 against Point Loma on Saturday at Golden Gymnasium.
Ian Harward led the Seasiders (18-4, 12-4 PacWest) with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds to go along with two assists. Daniel Berger close behind had 11 points, five rebounds, and one assist. Pablo Coro had 10 points, two rebounds and two assists. Scott Friel and Jordan Stone each had 10 points to round out those with double-digit scoring.
BYU-Hawaii outrebounded Point Loma (18-6, 11-6 PacWest) by 14 rebounds, but failed to get more assists than the Sealions. The Seasiders have only won one contest this season when not leading in both categories.
BYU-Hawaii scored the first four points of the game, but Point Loma answered with a 5-0 run to take the lead.
The Sealions continued to attack and built their first double-digit lead at 31-21 with 7:10 left in the first half. The Seasiders picked up the pace during an 11-0 run to cut the lead to 33-32 with 4:15 left in the first half.
Both teams traded buckets for the remainder of the half as Point Loma took a 41-39 lead into the break.
Coro hit a 3-point jump shot just after the break to put BYU-Hawaii in the lead again at 42-41, but the Sealions quickly retook the lead on the next two possessions.
Point Loma took a 58-48 lead with a seven-point run with 15:43 left in the game. BYU-Hawaii answered again with a 9-0 run, cutting the lead to one at 58-57 with 13:02 remaining.
Two free-throws by Scott Friel gave the Seasiders the lead once more at 68-66 and sparked a 14-4 run. Luke Aston hit a 3-ponter to end the run with the BYU-Hawaii leading by double-digits at 80-70 with less than five minutes in the game.
The Seasiders only added two points for the remainder of the game and a 3-pointer by Sam Okhotin gave the Sealions the lead at 83-82 with 1:05 remaining. BYU-Hawaii's last chance saw the ball turned over back to Point Loma with five seconds remaining.
BYU-Hawaii will wrap up its southern California road trip at No. 22/23 Cal Baptist on Monday at 7 p.m. PST. Live stats and audio will be available online.