Saturday, December 2, 2000
The cast of characters may have changed but the rivalry between the Hawaii Pacific and Brigham Young-Hawaii men's basketball teams remains the same.
BYUH slips by HPU
Newcomer Hendrickson pumps
in a game-high 22 points in 70-65 victory
By Brandon Lee
Special to the Star-Bulletin
Just one returning starter for each team was on the floor at the Cannon Activities Center last night as the Seasiders held on for a 70-65 nonconference victory over the Sea Warriors.
"Anytime we beat HPU, it's a nice win," said BYUH head coach Ken Wagner after his team improved to 3-0. "I've always felt they're our No. 1 rival. "So even though it doesn't count in the league, it's important to play well against them."
It was the first of three meetings between the two Pacific West Conference foes. The other two will be conference contests.
The game was tied nine times and the lead changed hands six times. BYUH twice built the biggest lead at eight points, while HPU's biggest margin was six.
The Seasiders grabbed a slim 26-24 halftime lead when Jeremy Frampton hit a 3-pointer with just three seconds left before intermission.
Both teams shot poorly for the game, with HPU shooting 44 percent from the field to BYUH's 42 percent.
"I thought both teams played good defense, but I also thought we both had pretty good looks and just couldn't make them," Wagner said.
After falling behind by six in the second half, the Seasiders grabbed the lead for good with 2:18 left to go when Frampton hit a pair of free throws.
The Seasiders sank several more key free throws in the final minute to hold off a late rally by the Sea Warriors. BYUH was 18-of-26 from the line in the second half, 22-of-30 for the game.
Newcomer Kerry Hendrickson led BYUH with a game-high 22 points, despite sitting out some of the second half with foul trouble.
Kawika Smith led HPU (1-4) with 19 points.
Both teams finished with 17 turnovers.
"I thought we played very poor," HPU head coach Tony Sellitto said. "We had more turnovers than assists, we missed wide-open shots, we didn't do one part of the game well."
Chaminade 81, Hawaii-Hilo 73: David Toyo scored 18 points to lead five Silverswords in double figures in a nonconference win over the Vulcans at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium last night.
C.J. Cowgill added 17 points and Robert Watson 16 points and nine rebounds for the Silverswords (2-3).
For the Vulcans (0-4), Stanley Iba led all scorers with 24 points and Alan Thomas had 19.