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.
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.
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.