HILO, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball was unable to hold on to their first half lead, falling 92-81 to Hawaii Hilo Saturday night at the Vulcan Gymnasium.
"The shots just seemed to stop falling for us in that second half," BYU-Hawaii head coach Gabriel Roberts said. "On the other end, Hilo was able to convert their chances and get to the free-throw line. We have to shake it off and get ready for the three games we got coming up next week."
Gabriel Andrade led BYU-Hawaii (5-17, 3-13 PacWest) with 14 points and 3 steals. Jeff Given scored a career-high 13 points to go with eight rebounds. Denhym Brooke and Caeleb Roney each scored 10 points.
Ryley Callaghan led all scorers with 26 points, including going 12-13 from the free throw line. Brian Ishola also helped UH Hilo (8-14, 6-10 PacWest) by contributing a double-double with 24 points and 19 rebounds. Parker Farris hit three 3-pointers to finish with 17 points.
The Seasiders shot 38.6 percent from the field compared to 46.7 percent for the Vulcans. In the second half, Hilo scored 56 points on 56.7 percent shooting and held BYU-Hawaii to 36.4 percent. The Vulcans bench outscored the Seasiders bench by a margin of 41-14.
- Early in the game, Jeff Given came off the bench are scored five quick points to give the Seasiders a 16-14 advantage with 12:42 remaining in the first half.
- Parker Farris kept UH Hilo close with two of his 3-pointers and two free throws by Ishola gave it a 33-32 lead.
- The Seasiders answered when Calaeb Roney scored six-straight points to give BYU-Hawaii a 38-33 advantage with 2:06 left until halftime. The Seasiders held on to their lead and headed into the locker room with a 40-36 advantage.
- BYU-Hawaii started the second half strong by going on a 6-0 run to extend their lead to 51-41.
- Ishola answered as he scored the next five points for the Vulcans sparking an 10-2 run to bring the score to 53-51 with 14:07 left in the second half.
- UH Hilo's offense continued to roll as a 3-pointer from Randan Barinobis brought the Vulcans within one point with just under 12 minutes remaining in the game. Two layups from Farris and Callaghan gave UH Hilo the 64-60 lead with 8:40 on the clock.
- A layup by Brooke and another 3-pointer from Given ended the scoring drought for BYU-Hawaii and brought them within three with 4:35 left in the game.
- Ishola ended the run for the Seasiders by scoring four straight points, extending the lead again for the Vulcans to 77-69 with 2:08 on the clock.
- Bailey Kikuchi hit four free throws and a 3-pointer to bring BYU-Hawaii within five with 44 seconds left, but UH Hilo hit free throws down the stretch to stave off the comeback
The Seasiders will be back in action Monday as they host Fresno Pacific at 7:30 p.m. HST at the Cannon Activities Center. Live stats and video will be available online.