LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball lost its early momentum and fell 89-74 to Chaminade Monday in the Cannon Activities Center.
"We had a very inconsistent game," BYU-Hawaii head coach Gabriel Roberts said. "We did a good job of controlling tempo and scoring when we were running our offense, but there were times we tried to do too much and it hurt us."
Caeleb Roney set a career-high of 20 points to go with eight boards for the Seasiders (3-9, 1-5 PacWest). Tanner Nelson came close to a triple-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Denhym Brooke and Shad Watson also ended in double-digits with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Bailey Kikuchi led in assists with 10.
Kiran Shastri led all players with 36 points from 10 3-pointers. Rohndell Goodwin added 14 points and Austin Pope contributed 13 rebounds for Chaminade (7-5, 4-2 PacWest).
BYU-Hawaii shot 44.4 percent from the field, while the Silverswords finished at 47.1 percent. The Seasiders outrebounded Chaminade 38-36, but the Silerswords were able to score 22 points off turnovers to make the difference.
In the first seconds of the game, Roney followed through on a 3-point play to spark an 11-2 run featuring 3-pointers by Watson and Nelson to give the Seasiders a necessary advantage. Nelson sunk another three at 14:16 to end a 6-0 streak that extended BYU-Hawaii's lead into double-digits at 20-7.
The Seasiders scored five-unanswered points to more than double Chaminade's score at 29-14 with 9:09 in the half, but the Silverswords started to heat up from behind the arc. Shastri hit a 3-point jumper to send the Silverswords on an 8-0 streak, closing the deficit to 29-22 with 6:23 to go.
Shastri's fifth 3-pointer of the game ignited a 14-0 run for Chaminade to give them their first lead of the game at 36-32 with 1:42 remaining in the period. Marquez Jackson slammed home an alley-oop dunk in the last seconds to put BYU-Hawaii within one as they went into the break trailing 38-37.
The Seasiders regained control of the game in the second half as they went on an 11-2 streak with four points from Roney to pull ahead 48-40 with 16 minutes in the game. The Silverswords closed the gap to 52-49 after a 7-1 run highlighted by a jump shot and dunk from Tyler Cartaino with 13:06 left.
Three consecutive 3-pointers by Chaminade put them up 60-59 before 11 straight points with four from Pope extended the SIlversword lead to 71-61 with 5:23 on the clock. The teams traded points and the lead grew as large as 16 points, allowing Chaminade to secure the victory.
The Seasiders will return to the court on January 5th to host Concordia Irvine at 7:30 p.m. HST. Live stats, video and audio will be available online.