LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball fell short 68-59 trying to come back against Carleton College Saturday night at the Cannon Activities Center.
Kevin Grow led the way for Carleton College (2-1) with 19 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. Beau Smit had 15 points, four boards and four assists.
The Seasiders shot 38.9 percent from the field and 23.8 percent from behind the 3-point line, while the Knights shot 48.9 and 46.2 percent, respectively. BYU-Hawaii took care of the ball committing only eight turn overs, but the Knights outrebounded the Seasiders 38-29.
BYU-Hawaii struggled offensively for the first several minutes as the Knights built a 12-point lead and held the Seasiders scoreless until Roney hit a free throw at 17:22. Roney grabbed a steal on the next possession to jump start BYU-Hawaii's with a pass to Andrade for a breakaway layup.
Bailey Kikuchi drained a shot behind the arc to cut Carleton's advantage to 14-7. Andrade kept BYU-Hawaii close with back-to-back steals complete with fast break layups to make the score 19-11 with 11 minutes left in the half.
BYU-Hawaii's offense was stagnant for the next four minutes and the Knights slowly increased their lead to double-digits at 23-13. Roney gave the Seasiders a boost again with a huge dunk before Andrade finished another layup to tighten the gap to eight with 4:33 left in the half.
The teams traded baskets in the second half until Shad Watson put BYU-Hawaii within 10 with a shot from behind the arc with 12 minutes remaining. Smit lengthened Carleton's lead to 13 with a five unanswered points at the midway point of the second half.
Roney blocked a shot and Nelson completed as the Seasiders began to seize momentum during an 11-2 run, its largest run of the game. Watson hit a baseline three with 2:32 left to play to put BYU-Hawaii within seven and Kikuchi made two free throws, making the score 59-54 to end the run.
Watson brought the Seasiders within three on another shot behind the arc with 1:35 in the game, but Smit and Peter Arkema-Bakker each made two free throws to put the Knights back up seven with 49 seconds left in the game.
BYU-Hawaii will return to the court Saturday against Holy Names at 4 p.m. PST. Live stats will be available online.