BELMONT, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball was unable to complete its late comeback attempt, falling 72-65 to Notre Dame de Namur Thursday night at Walter Gleason Gym.
"They have a lot of seniors and we have a lot of young, new players and it showed down the stretch," BYU-Hawaii head coach Gabriel Roberts said. "On the bright side I was happy with how Caeleb [Roney] played. He had a real good shooting night and kept us in the game."
Brian Ying scored 17 points and grabbed nine boards for the Argonauts (2-6, 1-2 PacWest) to guide them to their first conference victory. Tre'shawn King-Dunbar was close behind finishing with 16 points, four assists and three steals.
Notre Dame de Namur connected on 50.0 percent of its shots from the field and 33.3 percent from behind the arc, holding BYU-Hawaii to 41.3 percent from the field and 17.9 percent from the 3-point line. The Argonauts held an 18-point advantage (36-18) inside the paint on their way to victory.
Ying got the Argonauts off to a strong start, sparking an 11-2 run with a 3-pointer and a layup to give NDNU a 17-6 advantage with 13 minutes remaining in the first half. They would extend the lead to as many as 12, before Roney knocked down a shot beyond the arc to cut the lead back to single digits at the midway point of the half.
McCleary caught fire to lead a 10-2 run with eight points, including his first 3-pointer of the season, closing the gap to 25-23 five minutes later. The teams traded points the rest of the way and the Argonauts took a 35-31 lead into the break.
Roney led BYU-Hawaii out of the locker room scoring six of the first 10 points of the quarter for the Seasiders to give them a 41-39 lead. It was short-lived as Lance Page made his way down the court and finished a 3-point play to give NDNU the 42-41 lead. The game remained close as Shad Watson hit his first 3-pointer of the night for BYU-Hawaii to tie the game at 46 with 12 minutes remaining
Korey Serna and King-Dunbar hit back-to-back layups to give the Argonauts a little breathing room at 52-48 two minutes later, but they were unable to extend it any further as Nelson and Roney each hit jumpers to tie the game again. King-Dunbar drew fouls on the next two possessions and hit all four of his free throws to regain a 56-52 advantage, and the Argos would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way.
Denhym Brooke laid the ball in to pull the Seasiders within three at 66-63 with 2:48 on the clock and BYU-Hawaii had stops on the next three NDNU possessions, but the Seasiders were unable to capitalize and close the gap. The Argonauts hit their free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.
BYU-Hawaii returns to action Saturday against Dominican to wrap up its Northern California road trip at 7:30 p.m. PST. Live stats and video will be available online.