LAIE, Hawaii - BYU-Hawaii men's basketball ended their season on a high note with a 91-57 victory over Academy of Art on Senior Night game in the Cannon Activities Center on Thursday night.
"We had a few too many turnovers, but our guys played hard and played good defense," BYU-Hawaii head coach Ken Wagner said. "We're just happy to win and go on."
Senior Pablo Coro led BYU-Hawaii (21-5, 15-5 PacWest) with 22 points, four rebounds and four assists. Coro is now 12th all-time at BYU-Hawaii with 1,200 points in his career as a Seasider passing Jake Chrisman and Okesene "Junior" Ale.
Senior Daniel Berger finished his last game with 13 points, five rebounds and six assists. Ian Harward added 12 points, six rebounds and a career-high six blocks. Senior Luke Aston contributed 10 points and four rebounds. Senior Jordan Stone ended with six points and two rebounds after his night was cut short after a forehead injury required stitches. Senior Robbie Mitchell added four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
The Seasiders shot 45.3 percent from the field and 80 percent from the charity line. BYU-Hawaii outrebounded Art U (7-18, 5-14 PacWest) 58-38 and finished with 22 assists, 10 blocks and 46 bench points.
The Seasiders started fast and never looked back with a 14-point run featuring a one-handed dunk by Jordan Stone to make it an 18-2 game with 13:24 left in the first half. A 3-point jumper by Luke Aston gave BYU-Hawaii a 20-point lead at 27-7 with 9:29 on the clock.
An 11-0 run ending with a 3-pointer by Coro put the Seasiders up 30 points with 43 seconds in the half at 45-15.
Art U ended the first half shooting 19.4 percent from the field and 40 percent of free throws, while BYU-Hawaii shot 40.6 percent of field goals and 88.2 percent from the free throw line.
The second half began with a nine-point, Seasider run featuring seven points from Coro to make the score 54-16 with 17:40 left. The Urban Knights attempted to close the gap with five points, but were unable to gain control as the Seasiders widened the lead back to 66-30 with 12:21 in the game.
Willie Ching's jump shot ignited a 9-2 run that made the score 74-34 and gave BYU-Hawaii a 40-point lead with 8:32 remaining. The Urban Knights fired back with a 12-point run with 3:15 left, but it didn't make a dent on the 79-53 BYU-Hawaii lead. The Seasiders had another seven-point run with five points coming from Justin Yamzon.
BYU-Hawaii will head to Irvine, California, to play in the PacWest Conference Championships beginning Thursday. The Seasiders' opponent and seeding will be decided by the results of PacWest games played on Saturday.