IRVINE, Calif. — BYU-Hawaii men's basketball came up short in an 87-65 loss to Concordia University Irvine on Monday night at the CU Arena.
Cory Lange led the way for the Seasiders with 14 points in the game, Scott Friel added 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Matt Scott led all scorers with 21 points and nearly had himself a double-double grabbing nine rebounds for Concordia (19-3, 12-2 PacWest).
The Seasiders (12-7, 9-5 PacWest) shot only 35 percent from the field while committing 15 turnovers. The Eagles were able to score 25 points off the BYU-Hawaii mistakes, which led them to the victory.
BYU-Hawaii jumped off to a quick 14-4 start to start the game. Lange and Ian Harward led the attack early scoring nine of the Seasider's 14 points. The Seasiders dominated the paint area not allowing any easy shots to be taken.
Harward took charge of the paint forcing the Eagles to defer to long distance shots. The Eagles were able to score a couple of buckets on the Seasiders, but Lange put a quick end to the Eagles' offensive momentum by sinking two deep 3-pointers.
BYU-Hawaii took an 11 point lead at the halfway mark in the first half. The Eagles slowly fought their way back into the game cutting the Seasider lead down to five at the four minute mark. Case Bruton hit a 3 and a 15-foot jumper to keep the Eagles within two possessions over the next three minutes.
In the final minute of the half Lange took charge for the Seasiders hitting two more deep 3-pointers to give the Seasiders an 8-point lead at the break.
Stephen Grosey led Concordia on a 13-4 run out of the break with six points and a steal to give the Eagles their first lead at 45-44 at the 16:30 mark. The momentum began to go to Concordia as the Eagles went to full court pressure resulting in a few unforced Seasider turnovers.
A dunk by Scott propelled a 16-5 run and Concordia took a double-digit lead at 66-56 halfway through the second. During the run for Concordia the Seasiders committed four turnovers leading to nine easy buckets for the Eagles.
Cold shooting began to plague the Seasiders late in the second half as Concordia began to put a few nice runs together. At the eight minute mark Lange and Friel had been limited to only three points after combining for 24 in the first half. Scott and Justin Davis led the scoring attack giving the Eagles their largest lead at 76-60.
Concordia cruised to victory not allowing the Seasiders to pull within single digits in the last eight minutes of play.
BYU-Hawaii returns to action on Wednesday against California Baptist at 7:30 p.m. PST at Van Dyne Gymnasium. Live stats, audio and video will be available online.