Men's Basketball

Seasiders fall to Sharks

Tanner Nelson fights through contact for two.
Tanner Nelson fights through contact for two.

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball fell 97-69 to Hawaii Pacific Saturday in the Cannon Activities Center.

"We knew coming in that HPU would play aggressive," BYU-Hawaii head coach Gabriel Roberts said. "They really outworked us on the defensive end and it showed in the rebounding margin. Marquez Jackson was a bright spot of the game for us. He gave us some good energy, got a few rebounds and blocked shots. He is still learning our offense, but I really liked his energy."

Gabriel Andrade recorded a career-high of 14 points for BYU-Hawaii (3-8, 1-4 PacWest). Tanner Nelson and Denhym Brooke each ended with 16 points. Jackson came off the bench to record five blocks.

Chauncey Orr led all players with 24 points and 15 rebounds for Hawaii Pacific (10-0, 4-0 PacWest). Jordan Martin contributed 18 points, while Connor Looney added 12 points and four steals.

The Seasiders shot 42.3 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from behind the arc, while the Sharks recorded 47.9 and 53.3, respectively. Hawaii Pacific was able to score 31 points off of BYU-Hawaii's 22 turnovers and the Sharks outrebounded the Seasiders 46-29.

Hawaii Pacific took a 9-5 lead with 17:33 on the clock after an 8-1 run highlighted by a 3-pointer from Martin. Nelson answered back with consecutive threes to give BYU-Hawaii an 11-9 advantage, but the Sharks went on a 6-0 streak to pull ahead 15-11 with 12:27 remaining in the half. They held their lead with another 6-point run, making it 21-13 with 10:33 to go.

The teams traded points as Hawaii Pacific controlled the game, but Caeleb Roney nailed a 3-pointer with 5:42 left to close the gap to 29-22. Jonothan Janssen sparked an 11-2 run for the Sharks to give them their largest lead of the half at 40-24 with two minutes on the clock. Nelson and Jeff Given combined for five unanswered points before Nelson hit another jump shot to end the half 45-31.

Brooke started the second half with a dunk and layup to put BYU-Hawaii within ten, but seesaw scoring continued. Chauncey and Martin led Hawaii Pacific on a 7-0 streak to extend their lead to 60-41 with 13:06 in the game. Riley Deven dunked and Martin hit a three for the Sharks with 8:51 left to keep them up 70-46 and their lead grew as large as 33 points as they coasted to victory.

The Seasiders return to the court Monday at 7:30 p.m. HST to host Chaminade. Live stats, video and audio will be available online. 

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