LAIE, Hawaii – Justin Yamzon had the hot hand and BYU-Hawaii men's basketball topped Hilo 100-78 on Saturday night at the Cannon Activities Center.
Yamzon led all players and broke his career record with 23 points as he shot 83 percent from behind the arc and added six assists for the Seasiders (5-2, 2-0 PacWest). Ian Harward finished with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Scott Friel came close to a triple-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. BJ Ford contributed 17 points with five shots from veyond the arc. Tanner Nelson and Cory Lange also ended in double-figure scoring with 11 and 10, respectively. Jordan Russell led the Vulcans (0-7, 0-3 PacWest) with 20 points and four assists.
BYU-Hawaii outrebounded Hawaii Hilo 41-25 and had 10 steals to their six. The Seasiders shot 58.2 percent from the field and 60.9 percent from behind the arc.
After trailing for most of the first half, Ford capped a 6-0 run from the Seasiders with a 3-pointer to give them the 28-23 lead with 11:22 left in the. Yamzon's third 3-point shot of the night increased the lead to 34-28 with nine minutes left in the half and BYU-Hawaii never trailed for the remainder of the game.
The Vulcans took an 11-7 lead early in the first half with a dunk and 3-pointer by Patrick Ball, but Justin Yamzon's three brought the Seasiders back within one with 16:17 on the clock. Hilo was able to pull ahead again, but BYU-Hawaii continued to fight and tied the game 18-18 with 13:55 remaining after a jump shot by Harward.
The teams traded baskets and the score remained close, but with 3:05 on the clock BYU-Hawaii widened their lead to 50-42 after a 9-3 run on 3-pointers by Yamzon and Ford. Friel made a free throw and a tip-in to send them into halftime with a slight 53-50 advantage.
Friel sparked an 11-2 run that included two jump shots by Harward and another three from Yamzon to give the Seasiders their first double-digit lead at 64-54 with 17 minutes in the game. Back-to-back threes by Russell closed the gap to 66-60 with 15:40 left, but the Vulcans were unable to capitalize.
Seven points by Cory Lange paced BYU-Hawaii during a 9-2 run to hold the 83-72 advantage with 8:51 on the clock. A 13-2 run with five points from Ford gave the Seasiders the win and kept the Vulcans at bay.
BYU-Hawaii will play Hawaii Pacific on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. HST. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv and live stats and audio will be available online.