SEATTLE – Ian Harward exploded in the second half, but BYU-Hawaii men's basketball fell 95-86 against Central Washington on Saturday afternoon at the Sodexo Challenge.
Harward led the Seasiders (1-2) with 21 points and added a block. Justin Park had a near double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Cory Lange recorded 17 points and 3 steals. Gary Jacobs paced the Wildcats (3-0) with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Central Washington shot 53 percent form the field, including 61.9 percent from behind the arc, and held BYU-Hawaii to 22.7 percent from 3-point distance.
After trading baskets early, Devin Matthews led the Wildcats on a 10-1 run to take a 17-7 lead five minutes into the game. Tanner Nelson responded with five points during a 7-1 run for the Seasiders to cut the lead back to single-digits at 21-14.
Central Washington wasted no time extending its lead back to double-digits led by Naim Ladd to take the 29-18 lead at the halfway mark of the half. Lange led BYU-Hawaii back into the game again hitting a 3-pointer during a 7-point run to cut the lead to four with nine minutes remaining.
A 9-2 run by the Wildcats extended the lead to 15 and the Seasiders were unable to close the gap heading to the break trailing 54-41 in favor of Central Washington. Lange led the team with 10 points in the half and added two steals and three offensive rebounds.
A layup by Lange ignited a 14-0 run in the second half that included shots from Harward, Solomone Wolfgramm, Park and Friel to tie the game at 59. After meeting again in a 63-63 tie, the Wildcats used a series of small runs to take the 11 point lead with 7:44 remaining in an 80-69 game.
Shots by Park and multiple steals from Gabriel Andrade cut the Wildcat lead to five points with 4:56 remaining, but Central Washington was able to hold off the Seasiders' rally over the final five minutes to take the 95-86 victory.
BYU-Hawaii returns to Hawaii for its home opener against Cal St. San Marcos on Friday at 7:30 p.m. HST in the Cannon Activity Center. Live stats and video will be available online.