CONCORDIA, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball fell 117-91 Monday night unable to keep pace with the red-hot shooting of Concordia University at CU Arena.
Shad Watson led the Seasiders (5-16, 3-12 PacWest) with 20 points on 6 for 11 shooting from behind the arc and added six rebounds. Denhym Brooke followed with 14 points and six rebounds, while Joohan Lee and Jeff Given each scored 12 points.
Brian Chambers came off the bench to lead all players with 24 points to go with three rebounds and five steals. Seven players including Chambers scored in double figures for the Eagles (14-9, 10-5 PacWest).
BYU-Hawaii shot 47.1 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from 3-point range, but were unable to contain Concordia in the second half. The Eagles hit 61.4 percent of their shots from the field on their way to 75 points in the second half.
Concordia took the lead early 7-2 until Watson connected on his first 3-pointer of the night and added a free throw to close the gap to one. After the Eagles extended the lead back to six Watson hit from distance again and Brooke hit a jumper to bring Concordia's lead to 12-11 with 15 minutes until half.
Blocks by Chambers and Justin Davis on back-to-back possession gave the Eagles the momentum and they scored six unanswered to extend their lead to seven three minutes later. Gabriel Andrade broke the Eagle run with a layup and Given followed with one of his own to close the gap at 18-15 with 1 minutes remaining in the half.
BYU-Hawaii continued to find success from behind the arc as Given connected on his first three of the game and D McCleary added a jumper to close the gap back to one with 7:46 on the clock, but the Eagles answered with a 7-0 run to maintain the lead. The teams traded buckets and Given's layup with 44 seconds remaining made it 42-34 at the break.
Concordia came out firing out of the break with a 12-0 run spearheaded Case Bruton's five points. Mike Hauser began a 7-0 run with another of the Eagles seven, second half 3-pointers to make it a 63-39 game with 15 minutes left in regulation play.
Concordia remained hot offensively as they increased the lead to as many as 32 points on its way to victory.
BYU-Hawaii returns to face Hawaii Hilo in their final game of the trip Saturday at 7:30 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.