LAIE, Hawaii – Scott Friel had a career night, but BYU-Hawaii men's basketball fell in a close 102-99 loss to Chaminade on Saturday night in the Cannon Activities Center.
Friel broke his career record with 35 points and matched his career record of 15 rebounds. Ian Harward finished with another double-double at 14 points and 12 rebounds. Cory Lange contributed 19 points and two blocks and Tanner Nelson added 17 points and four assists.
Kiran Shastri led the Silverswords (4-6, 3-1 PacWest) with 20 points, including hitting five 3-pointers. James Harper and Sam Daly each added 17 points for Chaminade.
BYU-Hawaii (6-3, 2-1 PacWest) shot 50 percent from the field, while Chaminade hit 57.6 percent. Chaminade made the difference at the free-throw line, shooting 75 percent to the Seasiders' 57.1 percent. BYU-Hawaii outrebounded the Silverswords 45-33.
Lange and Friel hit back-to-back 3-pointers to ignite a 10-point run and build a 17-10 lead for BYU-Hawaii with 13 minutes left in the first half. The Silverswords retaliated with a 12-0 run to regain the 22-17 lead, but Justin Yamzon's 3-pointer kept it a one possession game with 8:46 left.
The teams traded buckets down the line and were tied 37-37 with 36 seconds on the clock, but Chaminade's Kiran Shastri made a final 3-pointer to give them the 3-point halftime lead. There were eight ties and three lead changes in the first half.
Seesaw scoring continued into the second half and the score remained close. Consecutive 3-point jumpers by Friel and Lange with 13:33 remaining tied the game 59-59.
The Silverswords went on a 6-point run to take the 74-70 lead with 8:49 in the game. Both teams picked up several fouls, as Chaminade was able to keep its distance from the free-throw line.
BYU-Hawaii went on a 7-point run to close the gap to 89-88 with 3:06 left. Three more points by Friel kept it at a 1-point game while the clock read 1:57.
A 5-0 run by Chaminade pushed the lead back to two possessions at 96-91 with under a minute. BYU-Hawaii continued to battle and had the chance to tie with 10 seconds remaining on the clock, but Lange missed a 3-pointer and Yamzon's desperation shot at the buzzer fell short.
BYU-Hawaii will play at Dominican (Cal.) on Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. PST. Live stats, video and audio will be available online.