LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball Head coach Ken Wagner recorded his 500th career win as the Seasiders (14-10, 11-8 PacWest) defeated Azusa Pacific 84-61 on Tuesday night in the Cannon Activities Center.
Cory Lange led all players in scoring with 26 points, shooting 56 percent from the field. Ian Harward added 15 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Freshman Tanner Nelson recorded 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Scott Friel was one assist shy of a double-double with 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Connor Peterson led Azusa Pacific (19-7, 13-5 PacWest) with 16 points to go with four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block.
The Seasiders shot 47.7 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from behind the arc, holding the Cougars to 35.7 percent from the field and 28 percent from the 3-point line. The Seasiders had 25 assists on 31 made field goals.
Lange ignited the Seasiders' offense in the first half with three 3-pointers in the first four minutes and Nelson added a jumper to help hold an 11-9.
Azusa Pacific's Jared Zoler tied the game up with a jump shot, but Lange answered with another shot and a block by Harward gave the Seasiders momentum for a 9-point run to take the 20-11 lead with 13:32 in the half.
BYU-Hawaii extended its edge to 34-23 with four minutes left after three consecutive jump shots. The Seasiders held strong to their leading heading into the break with the 42-32 lead.
BYU-Hawaii hit its stride offensively early in the second half as a layup from Nelson and five points from Lange quickly extended BYU-Hawaii's lead to 49-32 and forced an Azusa Pacific timeout.
The teams traded 3-pointers until four consecutive points from Friel put the Seasiders ahead by 20 at 63-43 with 11:31 in the game. An 8-0 run with four points from Justin Park pushed the Seasiders to its largest lead at 79-55 with 3:23 on the clock.
BYU-Hawaii will play its final regular season game Saturday at 4 p.m. HST at Hawaii Pacific. Live stats and audio will be available online.