LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball held on to defeat Dixie State 95-83 on Tuesday night in the Cannon Activities Center.
Cory Lange led four Seasiders (11-6, 8-4 PacWest) in double-figures with 22 points, including six 3-pointers. Justin Park added 20 points and seven rebounds for BYU-Hawaii. Scott Friel had another great all-around game with 18 points five rebounds and five assists. Justin Yamzon recorded the first double-double of his career with 11 points and a career-high 11 assists.
Josh Fuller led Dixie (10-7, 7-5 PacWest) with 25 points and eight rebounds. Mason Sawyer added 19 points and Trevor Hill had 17.
BYU-Hawaii shot 61.8 percent from the field and 50 percent behind the arc, while holding Dixie State to 42.6 percent and 37.5 percent, respectively. The Seasiders recorded a season-high 31 assists and added seven blocks.
After BYU-Hawaii led for most of the game, Sawyer hit a 3-pointer to tie it up and Mark Ogden Jr. laid the ball off the glass with the foul to give Dixie State a 64-63 lead with nine minutes left. Park provided the spark for the Seasiders reply, hitting a jumper with the foul to tie the game at 66 and Lange drained a 3 to give BYU-Hawaii back the lead for good at 69-66 with 7:49 remaining.
Park cemented a 7-2 Seasider run with a dunk to overcome an early deficit and give BYU-Hawaii the 7-6 advantage with 16 minutes in the first half. The Seasiders reeled off another 7-point run to extend its lead to 14-8 with 14 minutes remaining.
Ian Harward came off the bench to spark a 10-0 streak highlighted by two 3-point shots from Yamzon to build a 24-10 lead at the halfway mark. Dixie answered with a 6-2 run by Fuller to close the gap to 26-16 with eight minutes to go.
The Red Storm continued to push with a 5-1 run to close to the gap to 40-33 with 1:39 in the first half. Zac Hunter beat the buzzer for Dixie State to send them into the locker room down 42-35.
The Red Storm started the second half strong with a 7-2 run with five points from Fuller, closing the Seasider lead to four with 15 minutes left in the game. BYU-Hawaii responded quickly with a 6-point run to push the lead back to double-digits at 56-46 with 13:26 on the clock.
Sawyer led the charge with five points during a 9-0 run to close the lead to 1-point with 10 minutes remaining.
BYU-Hawaii was able to gain some breathing room late on an 11-3 run featuring 3-point shots by Lange and Yamzon, making it 87-75 with two minutes to go. The Seasiders defense played well down the stretch as the Red Storm were unable to get any closer than a 9-point deficit.
BYU-Hawaii heads to Point Loma to play on Saturday at 4 p.m. PST. Live stats, video and audio will be available online.