Men's Basketball

Cold shooting stalls Seasiders' offense

Cold shooting stalls Seasiders' offense

HONOLULU – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball were unable find its offensive groove falling 80-58 to Hawaii Pacific in the last game of the regular season on Saturday at Moanalua High School.

BYU-Hawaii (14-11, 11-9 PacWest) did not make a 3-pointer for the first time in its history as an NCAA Division II team. The Seasiders were 0-15 from behind the arc while shooting just 29 percent from the field.

Scott Friel led the way for BYU-Hawaii with 22 points. Ian Harward recorded another double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Joel Feigler was a force inside for Hawaii Pacific (19-8, 14-6 PacWest) scoring 24 points on 90 percent shooting from the field and 100 percent from behind the arc.

Luke Hager kicked off the game with a two handed slam in the middle of the paint. The Seasiders matched the explosive move with two straight buckets in 30 seconds. Both teams would trade baskets until a Hawaii Pacific was able to get out in transition and score on three-straight possessions extending the lead to 16-10.

After a BYU-Hawaii timeout, the Sharks went on an 8-1 run to give the Sharks their largest lead. Scott Friel led the offensive attack with four points to get the Seasiders back within nine at 26-17 with five minutes remaining in the first half.

The momentum shifted again when Yamzon went to the bench and the Sharks put together an 8-0 run in three minutes to push the lead back up to 14. Neither team would score in the final two and a half minutes and Hawaii Pacific took the 36-20 into the half.

Hawaii Pacific jumped off to a 11-4 run out of halftime. Feigler scored eight straight points and crowded the paint on the defensive end. The Sharks continued to click offensively to take a game-high 23-point lead with 15 minutes left in the second half. Friel helped the Seasiders get back into the game scoring eight straight points while cutting the lead down to 11 at the halfway mark in the second half.

Once BYU-Hawaii began to pull within single digits, Hawaii Pacific used another run to keep their distance.

The Seasiders will be back in action next week at the PacWest Championships. Times and opponents will be announced at the conclusion of all conference games. 

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