SEATTLE – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball was unable to hold an early lead, falling 84-60 to Seattle Pacific at the Sodexo Challenge on Friday.
Seattle Pacific (2-1) was able to hold BYU-Hawaii (1-1) to 36.2 percent from the field, but the Seasiders shot 77.7 percent from the free-throw line.
The Seasiders found themselves ahead early in the first quarter after a layup by Harward. Harward scored nine of the next 11 points and pulled the team ahead 20-11 with 13:21 on the clock. With BYU-Hawaii ahead 28-17, Seattle Pacific responded with a 17-0 run to take a 34-28 lead and took a 40-30 lead at the half.
A 7-0 run from the Falcons to start the second half was stopped by a jumper from Friel to make it a 47-33 game for the Falcons in the second half.
Justin Yamzon, Friel and Harward battled to keep the Seasiders in the game with several jumpers but, Seattle Pacific continued to add to its lead making it 20 at 77-57 with 3:26 on the clock. The Falcons never looked back on their way to victory.
BYU-Hawaii faces Central Washington on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. PST at the Seattle Pacific athletic facility. Live stats and video will be available online.