LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball fell 97-72 to Fresno Pacific University Thursday night in the Cannon Activities Center.
Scott Friel was one rebound shy of a double-double as he led the Seasiders with 13 points and nine rebounds. Cory Lange and Ian Harward contributed 11 points apiece. Lange finished with seven rebounds and Harward with nine.
BYU-Hawaii (9-4, 6-2 PacWest) shot 34.2 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from behind the arc, while Fresno Pacific went 49.3 percent and 47.8 percent, respectively. The Sunbirds (9-6, 4-4 PacWest) had 54 rebounds and 25 assists to the Seasiders' 39 and 14.
Harward started BYU-Hawaii off on the right defensive track with a block thirty seconds into the game.
The next possession, Cory Lange sparked the Seasiders' offense in the first half with a 3-pointer assisted by Justin Yamzon. The Sunbirds responded with a jump-shot, but freshman guard Tanner Nelson extended BYU-Hawaii's lead back to three with a pair of made free-throws.
Lange made back-to-back layups to put the Seasiders ahead 9-5. The teams traded baskets until the Sunbirds went on a 5-point run to close the gap to one with 11 minutes left in the half.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by BJ Ford kept BYU-Hawaii on top, leading 20-15 with 10:21 remaining in the first half.
The Sunbirds managed to tie the score at 20 within the next minute and a 6-2 run put them up by four with 8:37 left in the half.
A free-throw by Solomone Wolfgramm and a tip in from Friel cut Fresno Pacific's lead back to one, but the Sunbirds held strong to take a 43-36 lead into the break.
The Seasiders got a quick four points with a layup from Friel and another two free-throws from Nelson to start the second half, cutting Fresno Pacific's lead to three with 18:41 remaining in the game.
The teams continued to trade buckets and back-to-back blocks by Harward changed BYU-Hawaii's defensive tempo, but it wasn't enough to stop the Sunbirds' offense. Fresno Pacific led by as many as 28 as they pulled away in the final 10 minutes to seal the victory.
BYU-Hawaii will face Dominican on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. HST. Live stats, video and audio will be available online.