BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Ian Harward led BYU-Hawaii men's basketball to a 93-80 victory over Western Washington on Wednesday night at Skagit Valley Community College.
Harward was just shy of a double-double and led all players with 28 points and nine rebounds. Cory Lange contributed 19 points and Scott Friel added 16 points and five assists. Justin Yamzon ended with 14 points and hit all eight of his free throws.
The Seasiders (1-0) shot 59 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from behind the arc, holding Western Washington (3-2) to 46 percent and 35 percent, respectively. BYU-Hawaii also shot 84.2 percent from the charity line. The Seasiders outrebounded the Vikings 33-26.
BYU-Hawaii built an early 9-4 lead, which they held for the rest of the game after a 7-0 run with 17:08 remaining. The teams exchanged baskets, but the Seasiders continued to add to their lead with a six-point run featuring four points from Harward to make it 28-19 with nine minutes left in the half.
With 5:39 on the clock, the Vikings cut the lead to two points after a 10-3 run highlighted by Blake Bowen's two 3-point shots and a jump shot. BYU-Hawaii answered back with five combined points from Friel and Harward to make it 38-31.
Western Washington closed in again with a 6-0 run to bring the score to 38-37 with 2:11 remaining, but it was all Seasiders for the rest of the half. Harward scored four and Lange added a 3-pointer to send BYU-Hawaii into the break with a 45-37 lead.
A 3-point jumper by Lange sparked an 11-2 run for BYU-Hawaii to extend the lead to 60-47 with 15:27 remaining in the game. The Seasiders continued to push with a 6-2 run to give them the largest lead of the game at 66-50 with 12:30 left. The Vikings were able to briefly get back within single-digits near the end of the game, but were unable to threaten as BYU-Hawaii rolled to victory.
The Seasiders will head to Seattle Pacific to play on Friday at 7 p.m. PST. Live stats, video and audio will be available online.