LAIE, Hawai‘i -- BYU-Hawaii sank a school-record 17 three-pointers, and the Seasiders never trailed in Thursday’s 105-82 win over Azusa Pacific Thursday night.
Pablo Coro led the way, hitting seven-of-10 from three-point range to lead all scorers with 23 points. Six other Seasiders hit three-pointers, leading BYU-Hawaii to an impressive 50 percent (17-for-34) three-point shooting percentage for the game.
The Cougars withstood the early scoring outburst in Thursday’s visit to BYU-Hawaii, answering a Coro trey with a 10-0 run that cut the lead to four points, 37-33, with 4:34 left in the first half. However, the Seasiders got hot again, hitting three more triples to widen the margin back to a 15-point edge at the break.
Junior guard Kevin Stafford knocked down a three-pointer coming out of a timeout with 15:52 left in the game, trimming the BYU-Hawaii lead to 11 points, 61-50, but Justin Yamzon and Coro responded with back-to-back threes. That pushed the cushion back to 17 points, and the Cougars never got closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
Junior guard Troy Leaf scored a team-high 16 points, but he was just one-of-six from beyond the arc. Three other Cougars were in double figures, including junior point guard Robert Sandoval, who finished with 14 points, four rebounds, and a game-high seven assists. Senior forward Bertram Hall and sophomore forward Sharif Watson combined for 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field, and Watson’s six rebounds and two blocks were team-highs.
BYU-Hawaii, which shot 55 percent (37-for-67) from the field, including 50 percent on (17-of-34) three-pointers , had five players in double figures plus another three with at least eight points. The Seasiders also controlled the boards by a comfortable 38-29 margin.
With the loss, Azusa Pacific has lost four of five Pacific West Conference road games, and the Cougars now sit at 10-7 overall with a 6-5 conference mark. BYU-Hawaii is now 10-8 overall while solidifying its hold on fourth place in the league standings with an 8-4 PacWest mark.
Azusa Pacific remains on the island of O‘ahu for two more games, visiting Hawai‘i Pacific on Saturday, Feb. 1 (5:30 p.m. Pacific) and Chaminade on Monday, Feb. 3, at 9:30 p.m. Pacific.