HONOLULU – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball fell 97-74 to Hawaii in its first exhibition of the season at the Stan Sherrif Center.
Shad Watson came off the bench to lead all players with 21 points in 17 minutes of play, shooting 54 percent from behind the arc for BYU-Hawaii. Tanner Nelson added 17 points, four rebounds and five assists for the Seasiders. Sherriff Drammeh led the Rainbow Warriors with 19 points on 70 percent shooting from the field.
Hawaii shot 54.9 percent from the field, while holding BYU-Hawaii to 42.9 percent shooting. The Seasiders were lights-out behind the arc hitting 16 shots on 39 percent shooting, while the Rainbow Warriors did most of their damage inside the paint with a 52-16 advantage.
UH led from the start of the game after Noah Allen sparked a 15-2 run during a three-minute span to take a 17-4 lead. Caeleb Roney helped BYU-Hawaii close the gap scoring five points during a 10-2 run to make it 32-25 with four minutes left in the half.
The momentum was short lived as the 'Bows answered by outscoring the Seasiders 12-5 over the final four minutes to take a 44-30 lead into the locker room.
The two teams traded buckets over the first five minutes of the second half when Bailey Kikuchi hit back-to-back 3-pointers for BYU-Hawaii to make it 53-40. The Rainbow Warriors grabbed control of the game for good as Matthew Owies sparked a 14-0 run with a jumper and a 3-pointer to build a 29-point lead with eight minutes remaining in the game.
Watson caught fire for the Seasiders late, sinking five shots from behind the arc. Watson scored nine points to lead a 12-2 run that cut the lead to 90-71 with two minutes remaining, but it wasn't enough as Hawaii held on for the victory.
BYU-Hawaii will play its final exhibition against BYU on Wednesday at 7 p.m. MST at the Marriott Center. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv with live stats available online.