AZUSA, Calif. – No. 16 BYU-Hawaii men's basketball saw its season come to an end, as Seattle Pacific was able to use a big, second-half run to win 81-69 on Friday at the Felix Event Center.
"We're obviously disappointed," BYU-Hawaii head coach Ken Wagner said. "We felt we were playing well and Seattle Pacific did a great job of being patient and taking us out of what we wanted to do."
BYU-Hawaii started the game scoring the first seven points of the game in the first two minutes led by Pablo Coro's five, but Seattle Pacific kept it close battling to within two at 14-12 with 11:42 remaining in the half.
After the Falcons cut within one, Tyler Tuliau and Justin Yamzon scored four for the Seasiders to push the lead back to five. Five consecutive points by Seattle Pacific's Shawn Reid tied the game at 24-24 with 6:23 remaining. The teams traded buckets until Riley Stockton got the layup and a free-throw to give Seattle Pacific its first lead at 30-29 with 5:55 left in the half.
The teams continued to trade baskets until the Falcon's Cory Husten hit a short hook shot just before the half to send Seattle Pacific into the half with the 36-34 lead.
BYU-Hawaii started the second half strong with an 8-2 run highlighted by a Coro 3-pointer to give the Seasiders the 45-42 lead, but the Falcons answered immediately with a three of their own on the other end to tie the game with 16:39 remaining.
Seattle Pacific continued to score compiling a 15-0 run to take a 57-45 lead with 12 minutes left on the clock. The game become a physical defensive battle when Corey Lange and Luke Aston hit two 3-pointers to spark a 12-2 Seasider run to cut the lead to one with 6:00 remaining.
The Falcons were able to use a 6-2 to extend the lead to 67-61 with 3:53 on the clock, but Coro drained a deep shot to cut the lead in half on the next possession. Seattle Pacific then sealed the game from the line as BYU-Hawaii was unable to get the buckets they needed down the stretch.