Men's Basketball

Seasiders' comeback falls short

Seasiders' comeback falls short

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball made a furious second-half comeback, but came up short falling 78-68 to Dominican on Saturday in the Cannon Activities Center.

Scott Friel led all players with 19 points and seven rebounds. Cory Lange contributed 15 points while shooting 100 percent from the free-throw line.

Christopher Schwartz-Edmisten led Dominican (9-6, 5-3 PacWest) with 18 points.

BYU-Hawaii (9-5, 6-3 PacWest) shot 42.9 percent from the field, while Dominican shot 51.7 percent. The Seasiders outrebounded the Penguins 41-23.

Dominican took an early 16-6 lead it would not relinquish the rest of the game on a 9-point run, featuring six points from Seth Turner with 12:45 in the first half. The Penguins went on a 7-2 run to extend their lead to 28-15 with 6:22 remaining.

A 9-1 Dominican run with four points from Josh Ramirez brought the score to 37-18 with two minutes left. A dunk by Ramirez sent them into the locker room with BYU-Hawaii trailing 41-21.

Friel powered a 7-2 run for the Seasiders to make it a 45-30 game with 17:44 on the clock.

BYU-Hawaii brought it back within 10 during a 10-2 run highlighted by 3-pointers from Justin Yamzon and Tanner Nelson, bringing the game to 52-42 with 13:26 remaining.

Yamzon and Lange each hit 3-pointers contributed to a 7-point run to close within single digits at 58-55 with 7:51 to go.

A 6-2 run by Dominican helped them pull back ahead to 70-61 with less than two minutes remaining. Four consecutive points by Lange was not enough as the Penguins held their lead late from the free-throw line.

BYU-Hawaii faces Academy of Art on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. HST. Live stats, video and audio will be available online.

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