LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball fell 94-88 to Fresno Pacific in a double overtime thriller Monday night at the Cannon Activities Center.
"We battled in that game, that's the kind of effort we should have all year long," BYU-Hawaii head coach Gabriel Roberts said. "In a game like that, sometimes you have to be a little bit lucky and I thought they [Fresno Pacific] were a little bit lucky. Every time we got a lead, they made a big shot to come back so I give them credit. Our guys played hard, they had to play a lot of minutes, some of them with foul trouble, but I'm really proud of the effort they gave."
T.J. Viney led all scorers with 24 points, his backcourt mate Mike Crawley added 22 points and seven rebounds. The Sunbirds (5-19, 5-12 PacWest) snapped a six game losing streak with the win.
The Seasiders struggled from behind the arc shooting 4 of 33 from long distance, while Fresno Pacific shot 33.3 percent. The Sunbirds outrebounded BYU-Hawaii 56-51.
Andrade led the attack in the first overtime with an and one and a deep three. Viney responded with a set of 3-pointers to keep the game tied and force a second overtime period. The Sunbirds were the aggressor from the start of the second overtime, getting two put backs from Burt to give them an 88-82 lead with 2:21 left. R.J. Horn made it a two possession game with a layup followed by a block by Crawley to put the game away.
Roney started the offense for the Seasiders scoring seven of the BYU-Hawaii's first nine points. Nelson and Roney would continue the attack on the offensive end, extending the lead to 15-6 followed by a slam by Denhym Brooke with 12:34 on the clock. BYU-Hawaii continued pressing the Sunbirds on the defensive end resulting in another dunk by Jeff Given at the midway point of the half.
Mike Crawley led the Sunbirds on an 8-0 streak to close it to 24-23 with seven minutes before the break. The teams traded baskets with Gabriel Andrade scoring five quick points to keep the Seasiders ahead 31-25 with three minutes left in the half and BYU-Hawaii held a 36-31 heading into the locker room.
Nelson kicked off the second half with a steal and dunk and Roney pushed the Seasiders ahead 43-36. Viney scored two quick layups then Sam Holmes knocked down two 3-pointers in transition to tie the game up at 47 with 11 minutes left in regulation.
With five minutes remaining Holmes gave Fresno Pacific their first lead with a three at the top of the key. Viney and Holmes went back and forth with the Seasiders to hold on to a 65-63 lead. Sam Burt would pull down a huge offensive rebound and scored to make it a two possession game. Andrade responded with an acrobatic layup to tie up the game and Burt missed a deep three at the buzzer, taking the game into overtime.
The Seasiders will be back in action Wednesday as they host Academy of Art at 7:30 p.m. HST at the Cannon Activities Center. Live stats and video will be available online.