LAIE, Hawaii – Justin Yamzon remained hot from behind the arc to power BYU-Hawaii men's basketball to a 97-91 come from behind victory over Hawaii Pacific on Wednesday at the Cannon Activities Center.
Yamzon matched his career-high of 23 points and recorded five assists on the night. Cory Lange added 19 points while shooting 91.6 percent from the free-throw line to ice the game for the Seasiders (6-2, 3-0 PacWest). Tanner Nelson finished with 17 points on 75 percent shooting from behind the arc. Ian Harward added 15 points and nine rebounds and Justin Park contributed 13 points and seven rebounds.
Luke Hager led all players with 26 points and added seven rebounds for the Sharks (4-4, 1-2 PacWest).
BYU-Hawaii shot 60.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range, holding Hawaii Pacific to 50.7 and 46.2 percent, respectively. The Seasiders outrebounded the Sharks 36-27.
HPU looked to be in control, going on a 9-point run after Seasider forward Scott Friel was given a foul and a technical to end his night with 15 minutes remaining in the second half. Yamzon calmed the Seasiders with a 3-pointer while being fouled to swing the momentum back to BYU-Hawaii on a 4-point possession and spark a 12-2 Seasider run to tie the game 60-60.
Yamzon hit another big 3-pointer to give the Seasiders a 69-68 lead with eight minutes remaining in the game and BYU-Hawaii was able to hold on for the victory.
The game began with the teams trading baskets until the Seasiders grabbed a 13-5 lead on a 6-point run with 15:45 on the clock. The Sharks retaliated with an 8-point run to take the 17-16 lead with 10:38 remaining in the half.
After a dunk by Hawaii Pacific's Luke Hager, BYU-Hawaii went on a 4-point run to hold a 22-19 advantage. The teams continued to trade leads with neither team getting ahead by more than three points until back-to-back 3-pointers from the Sharks made it 34-30 with 3:20 left.
Justin Park got loose for a dunk to close the gap, but it was not enough as Hawaii Pacific's Connor Looney hit a buzzer-beating three to give the Sharks the 44-38 lead heading into the locker room.
A 7-0 run highlighted by a 3-pointer from Yamzon and a tip in by Harward put the Seasiders within one at 46-45 with 17:40 remaining.
After retaking the lead, three free throws and a 3-point jumper by Nelson contributed to an 8-point run to give BYU-Hawaii a 77-69 advantage with 5:44 left in the game.
They teams continued to trade baskets the rest of the way as the Seasider offense and defense did just enough to keep the Sharks at bay.
BYU-Hawaii returns to the court to play Chaminade on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Live stats, video and audio will be available online.