LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball dropped a close 80-75 game to Dixie State Saturday at the Cannon Activities Center.
"I was really proud of the way our team battled tonight," BYU-Hawaii Gabriel Roberts said. "We had guys dealing with foul trouble for almost the entire game, but our bench players gave us some solid minutes to keep us in the game and give us a chance at the end."
Gabriel Andrade led BYU-Hawaii (6-19, 4-15 PacWest) with 14 points on the night to go with two steals and three assists. Shad Watson followed with 13 points off three 3-pointers. Caeleb Roney finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds and Denhym Brooke and D McCleary rounded out double-digit scorers with 10 points each.
Marcus Bradley led all players with 19 points for the Trailblazers (18-6, 15-3). Brandon Simister, Kyler Nielson and Zac Hunter each added 12 points.
- The Trailblazers went on a 6-0 run to build an early 8-2 lead in the first six minutes of the game.
- After a 3-pointer by McCleary, Dixie answered with six consecutive free throws to extend their lead to 18-7 with 10 minutes in the half.
- Bailey Kikuchi hit a 3-pointer to spark a 7-0 run for BYU-Hawaii to close the deficit to 22-17 with 7:31 on the clock.
- Dixie retaliated with another 6-point streak to pull ahead 28-17.
- Andrade closed it to 32-27 with two minutes left when he sunk his first 3-pointer of the game.
- After the Trailblazers gained a 13-point lead, Roney sparked an 8-2 run to make it 42-35 with 17 minutes to play.
- Two minutes later, McCleary buried a three to cut the Dixie lead to 46-40.
- Watson hit two 3-pointers to cut the lead to seven, but the Trailblazers responded to with a dunk to end the momentum and hold a 55-46 advantage with 8:25 in the game.
- Denhym Brooke's layup initiated a 7-point run, closing the gap to 63-58 with four minutes left.
- A jump shot by Marquez Jackson followed by a Kikuchi three brought BYU-Hawaii within one point at 75-74 in the last seconds of the game, but the Trailblazers iced the game at the free-throw line.
The Seasiders will play their final game Monday against Point Loma at 7:30 p.m. HST. Live stats, video and audio will be available online.