Men's Basketball

Seasiders face Falcons in opening matchup of NCAA West Regional

AZUSA, Calif. – No. 16 BYU-Hawaii men's basketball puts its six game winning streak on the line when it meets Seattle Pacific in the first round of the NCAA West Regional.

No. 2 seed BYU-Hawaii (24-5, 15-5 PacWest)

  • Scott Friel was named the PacWest Championship tournament MVP after erupting for a career-high 31 points against Dixie State in the Seasiders largest win ever against the Red Storm.
  • BYU-Hawaii claimed its first ever tournament title after falling in the previous two tournaments to the eventual champion.
  • Robbie Mitchell posted a season-high 18 points to go with four steals in the Seasiders 84-79 victory over Cal Baptist.
  • Pablo Coro scored an efficient 14 points against the Lancers while handling primary defensive duties against the 2013-14 PacWest Player of the Year Ryan Berg.
  • The Seasiders and the Falcons met earlier this season in Laie, Hawaii, with BYU-Hawaii overcoming an 11-point halftime deficit to win 87-74.
  • The last time BYU-Hawaii participated in the NCAA tournament, the Seasiders made it all the way to the championship game before falling to Bellarmine.
  • Coach Ken Wagner is 12-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

No. 7 seed Seattle Pacific (23-7, 13-5 GNAC)

  • The Falcons are participating in their 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament. That is the longest current streak among Division II men's basketball programs.
  • Seattle Pacific secured the league's automatic NCAA berth with Saturday's 81-68 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament victory over Western Washington, its third consecutive conference crown.
  • No other GNAC school has won more than one title.
  • Senior center Cory Hutsen earned MVP honors after erupting for a tournament-record 34 points, on 15-for-23 shooting, in the title tilt.
  • The Seasiders are the only team to outrebound SPU in a game this season, posting a 27-25 edge on the glass in their 87-74 win on Nov. 22 in Laie, Hawaii.
  • These teams met once before in the playoffs with BYUH posting a 76-72 first-round win over the Falcons during the 2010 NCAA Tournament in Bellingham, Wash.

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