OAKLAND, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball finished off the sweep of its Northern California road trip with an 87-78 win over Holy Names at Tobin Gymnasium on Saturday.
"The team got some big shots and they played tough and hard," BYU-Hawaii head coach Ken Wagner said. "We focused enough to win the three games, but we need to focus better if we want to reach our potential. Hopefully this was a road trip where we learned and can get better in the weeks to come."
Scott Friel led the Seasiders (9-3, 6-1 PacWest) with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Justin Yamzon added 18 points and six rebounds. Cory Lange (15), Justin Park (12) and Tanner Nelson (10) joined Yamzon and Friel with double-figure scoring.
Holy Names' (3-12, 2-5 PacWest) Joshua Crum led all players with 23 points and Blake Watkins added 22.
BYU-Hawaii outrebounded Holy Names 40-28 and had five blocks to the Hawks' one. The Seasiders bench provided the difference in the game outscoring the Hawks 32-21.
Holy Names came within 2-points three times in the final two minutes, but it was unable to get the defensive stops needed as the Seasiders closed the game on an 8-1 run led by Yamzon's three points.
Yamzon hit a 3-pointer to spark an 8-2 run, building BYU-Hawaii's lead to 14-7 three minutes into the first half. Holy Names answered back with a 9-2 run to tie the game at 16 with 15 minutes remaining.
The Hawks clung to a 21-19 lead until Lange hit two shots behind the arc and Friel added two layups during a 12-2 run which gave the Seasiders the lead for good with 11:18 left in the first half.
Ian Harward scored four points during a 6-point run to give BYU-Hawaii the first double-digit lead of the game at 45-34 with 4:54 remaining on the first-half clock. The Seasiders held their lead for the rest of the half, going into the break up 52-45.
Crum and Watkins led the Hawks out of the break each scoring four points during an 8-2 run to close the gap to 54-51 with 17 minutes remaining. Friel scored four more and Lange added another 3-pointer to respond for BYU-Hawaii and increase the lead to 61-53 with 14:49 in the game.
The teams continued to trade points over the next six minutes when Dante Robinson scored five during a 7-point run by the Hawks to pull within one possession at 73-70 with seven minutes remaining.
The Seasiders return home to play Fresno Pacific on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. HST. Live stats, video and audio will be available online.