Men's Basketball

Yamzon's clutch 3-pointer sends Seasiders to overtime victory

Yamzon's clutch 3-pointer sends Seasiders to overtime victory

LAIE, Hawaii – Justin Yamzon hit a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and BYU-Hawaii men's basketball took a close 88-86 victory over Cal State San Marcos in overtime on Friday in the Cannon Activities Center.

"I'm really excited, I thought we played hard until the end," BYU-Hawaii head coach Ken Wagner said. "You have to be good and you have to be lucky and I think tonight we had a little of both."

Scott Friel led all players with 30 points and made 12-of-16 free throws. Ian Harward recorded a double-double with 20 total points and 10 rebounds, including seven points in the overtime period. Cory Lange contributed 19 points and nine rebounds while shooting 70 percent from the field and 80 percent from behind the arc. Justin Yamzon finished with 14 points and 5 rebounds with 50 percent from the 3-point range.

Darnell Taylor scored 29 points to lead Cal State San Marcos (2-2).

BYU-Hawaii (2-2) shot 40.9 percent of 3-pointers and 45.3 percent from the field, holding Cal State San Marcos to 19 and 43.8 percent, respectively. The Seasiders finished with four blocks.

With two seconds left in the game, Yamzon made a 3-point shot to tie it 78-78 and send the game into overtime. The teams traded points until Harward connected on a jump shot and added two free throws to give BYU-Hawaii its first lead since 9:54 left in the second half. The game remained close, but Lange blocked Andrew Bournes' desperation jumper from half court to secure the 88-86 victory.

The Cougars began the first half with a 7-point run to build the 9-3 lead with 17:07 remaining. BJ Ford moved the Seasiders closer with a 3-point shot to make it an 11-7 game with 15:40 in the half.

An 8-2 run by Cal State San Marcos gave them the double-digit advantage at 19-9 with 13:55 left. Six unanswered points by BYU-Hawaii with 10:35 remaining in the half brought them back within two points, but the Cougars responded with an 8-0 run, giving them the 31-21 lead with 5:33 left in the half.

The teams traded points and Justin Yamzon made a 3-point shot to send the Seasiders into the locker room down 36-31.

Three free throws and a layup from Friel with 16:18 left gave BYU-Hawaii a small 41-40 lead. After the Cougars regained the lead with two jump shots and two free throws, but a 3-pointer by Yamzon sparked an 8-0 Seasider run to give them the 51-46 advantage with 11:55 in the game.

Cal State San Marcos battled back again when Akachi Okugo sparked seven unanswered points with an old-fashioned 3-point play to give it the 60-57 lead. The teams continued to trade baskets as the Cougars held the slim three point lead until Yamzon's 3-pointer with the clock running down.

BYU-Hawaii will play Chapman tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.

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