The BYU-Hawaii men’s basketball team lost in style, dropping the game in double-overtime, 88-94, to the visiting Fresno Pacific Sunbirds on Feb. 13 in the Cannon Activities Center.
“I’m really proud of the way our guys battled tonight,” said Gabriel Roberts, head coach. “Sometimes in a game like that, you have to be a little bit lucky. I felt like they were a little bit lucky. Every time we took a lead, they made a big shot.”
The Seasiders played led for the majority of the game. The Sunbirds were able to convert some contested shots in the second half and slowly chip away at the BYUH lead. With five minutes left in the game, the Seasiders still held the lead until the Sunbirds’ guard, Sam Holmes, threw a three-point shot and gave the Sunbirds their first lead of the game.
“I think we did a good job of fighting back at the end of regulation,” said center Jeff Given, a junior from California majoring in business management. “We fought hard and played hard throughout.”
The two overtimes were thrilling with both teams trading big shot after big shot. Dozens of fans stood for the majority of the overtimes as the energy in the arena amped up, aided by the BYUH Pep Band playing pop music and announcer Kingsley Ah You.
“It was very entertaining to watch, especially the last 12 minutes of play,” said Ben Wilson, a junior from Canada majoring in business management.
Wilson added, “They played really, really well, and Tanner and Gabriel especially had some awesome finishes and scores in the overtime.”