LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball ended their final season with an 84-66 loss to Point Loma Monday in the Cannon Activities Center.
"I am really proud of how these guys played all year," BYU-Hawaii head coach Gabriel Roberts said. "There were several times these guys could have given up this year and they kept fighting. Even tonight we played hard until the final whistle."
D McCleary shot 66.6 percent from the field and made two 3-pointers to finish with a career high 16 points on the night. Caeleb Roney contributed 16 points and five rebounds for the Seasiders (6-20, 4-16 PacWest). Tanner Nelson was just shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds and added three steals.
Mike Planeta led Point Loma (14-12, 10-9 PacWest) with 16 points off four 3-pointers. Four other Sea Lions finished in double-digit scoring.
BYU-Hawaii finished their last game with 38.8 percent from the field and 27.6 percent from behind the arc, while Point Loma recorded 54.8 and 44.4, respectively. The Sea Lions outrebounded the Seasiders, but BYU-Hawaii had eight steals to their six.
- Sterling Somers scored six consecutive points to power a 9-point run, allowing the Sea Lions to build a 9-0 lead with 17 minutes in the half.
- A three by Nelson sparked a 12-2 run highlighted by a dunk from Roney and a 3-pointer from Shad Watson at 13:22 to give BYU-Hawaii their first lead of the game at 14-13.
- Jeff Given missed the three, grabbed his own rebound and made a jump shot to kickoff an 11-3 run featuring 3-pointers by McCleary and Watson to put the Seasiders ahead 36-35 with 3:23 to go.
- Somers beat the buzzer with another 3-pointer from the corner to regain a 42-40 edge for the Sea Lions as they went into the break.
- Zach Burnham and Planeta sent Point Loma on an 8-0 streak to extend their lead to 55-45 with 15:32 in the game.
- The Sea Lions pulled ahead to a 15-point lead before back-to-back shots by Denhym Brooke and McCleary brought it to 62-51 with 9:20 to play.
- A 9-2 run including a dunk by Burnham pushed Point Loma ahead 78-57 with 3:51 on the clock.
- The Seasiders answered with five points to make it 78-62 one minute later.