LAIE, HI — Denyhm Brooke recorded a career-high 22 points along with nine rebounds to lead the Seasiders in a 99-87 victory over West Coast Baptist Friday at the Cannon Activities Center.
"My teammates did a great job getting me the ball and we had our best offensive game of the year" Brooke said following his career night.
Tanner Nelson led BYU-Hawaii (2-3) in scoring with 24 points and six assists. Shad Watson also added in 18 points off the bench shooting 50 percent from behind the arc. BYU-Hawaii outscored the Eagles 42-18 in the paint which proved to be the difference.
West Coast Baptists (2-4) shot a blazing 52 percent from behind the arc. Imann Vicente lead all scorers with 29 points while shooting 7 for 10 from long distance.
"There were a couple of positive things I saw in this game," BYU-Hawaii head coach Gabriel Roberts said. "I thought we took care of the ball better than we have in the past few games and good passing led to some wide open shots there in the second half. I keep telling them to keep the ball moving until somebody gets an open shot, doesn't matter who, just so long as it's somebody on our team."
West Coast Baptist kicked off the game converting on five of their first six 3-pointers. Vicente and Nicholas Corl led the attack early by combining for 12 of the Eagles' first 15 points. Vicente sunk two consecutive shots behind the arc to push the Eagles to a 9-4 advantage. Denhym Brooke responded with a dunk off a baseline drive by Nelson.
Nelson would lead the Seasiders' attack to bring BYU-Hawaii back into the ball game with back-to-back threes followed by a two-handed flush by Brooke gave the Seasiders their first lead of the game. After a series of dunks by Brooke, West Coast Baptist stayed hot from behind the arc sinking three 3-pointers to retake the lead at 34-30 with 7:29 remaining in the first half.
BYU-Hawaii came roaring back after Shad Watson and Joohan Lee came off the bench to score nine straight points and give the Seasiders their largest lead of the half at 44-36. Vicente had the answer as he got three the old-fashioned way then proceeded to knock down another two shots from distance to power a 14-4 run regain the 50-48 lead heading into the break.
Both teams would exchange points to kick off the second half. Vicente continued his hot shooting with two big shots from behind the arc. Brooke answered for BYU-Hawaii scoring six straight points on Vicente in the paint. The Eagles then used a 14-4 run to take their largest lead of the game at 67-57.
The momentum shifted when Vicente went to the bench for several minutes to receive treatment after injuring his ankle. BYU-Hawaii quickly went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead down to one at the halfway mark of the second half. Brooke capped off the comeback by picking Daniel Foster's pocket and threw it down in transition.
Nelson and Watson would catch fire combining for three 3-pointers putting BYU-Hawaii atop the Eagles 83-77. Gabe Andrade then provided a spark off the bench with a huge block of Vicente leading to a Watson layup and propelling BYU-Hawaii to an 86-77 lead.
Watson would lead an 11-4 run to put the game out of reach in the final minutes of the game and BYU-Hawaii held on to secure the 99-87 win.
The Seasiders will return to the court Saturday to close the Hoops in Hawaii Thanksgiving Classic as they take on Carelton at 7 p.m. HST at the Cannon Activities Center. Live stats will be available online.