Men's Basketball

Seasiders fall in tight battle with Silverswords

Caeleb Roney led BYU-Hawaii with 16 points against the Silverswords.
Caeleb Roney led BYU-Hawaii with 16 points against the Silverswords.

HONOLULU – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball fell 81-74 to Chaminade Thursday night in the McCabe Gymnasium.

"It's always tough to play in [McCabe Gymnasium]," BYU-Hawaii head coach Gabriel Roberts said. "We had a really strong start hitting several shots behind the arc, but that kind of took us out of what we want to do on offense. I would have liked to see us try to attack the basket a little more in the second half, especially when those threes stopped falling in the second half."

Caeleb Roney led the Seasiders (4-12, 2-8 PacWest) with 16 points, shooting 53.3 percent, while Gabriel Andrade and Shad Watson each added 11 points. Denhym Brooke contributed 12 rebounds, four blocks and two steals on the night.

Kiran Shastri led all players with 20 points (12-7, 8-4 PacWest) and four other Silverswords ended with double-digit points, including Austin Pope who had a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds.

BYU-Hawaii shot 25.9 percent from 3-point range, holding Chaminade to 22.7, but the Silverswords connected on 46.9 percent of shots from the field to the Seasiders' 37.8.

Kuany Kuany sparked a 6-0 run to give the Silverswords an 8-5 edge with 17:47 in the first half, but Watson hit a three to tie the game seconds later. Chaminade harnessed the momentum again and reeled off a 9-point run featuring five points from Shastri put them up 17-8 with 14:34 on the clock.

A 7-0 Seasider run with a dunk by Brooke and a 3-pointer by Watson put them back in the game as they trailed 19-17 with 13:14 remaining in the half and Andrade's second 3-point jumper of the game allowed BYU-Hawaii to take their first lead at 28-27 with 10:24 to go.

The Silverswords regained a 33-32 four minutes later when Pope hit a jump shot, but Andrade answered with another 3-pointer to keep the Seasiders alive. Chaminade pulled ahead 40-37 on a 5-0 run with three minutes on the clock and, held traded buckets with BYU-Hawaii to head to the locker room leading 44-41.

Roney traded points with the Silverswords until he sparked an 8-2 run to close the gap to 54-53 with 14:25 in the game. Chaminade broke away on a 10-2 run highlighted by Sam Daly's dunk to hold a 64-55 advantage with nine minutes left. Tanner Nelson finally found his shot after struggling most of the game with foul trouble to reel off six points during an 8-2 run and cutting the deficit to 68-65 with 5:15 to play. Seesaw scoring ended the game as the Silverswords secured their victory.

BYU-Hawaii will be back in action Saturday versus Holy Names at 7:30 p.m. HST. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv with live stats available online. 

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