Fresno Pacific falls short in upset bid
The Fresno Pacific men’s basketball team received a career-high 23 points from Roger Paul, but its upset bid against No. 19 BYU-Hawaii got derailed in the final 4 minutes en route to a 82-73 loss Thursday in PacWest play.
The Sunbirds (5-11, 1-8), who suffered their ninth straight loss, led 71-70 with 3:35 left when Gabe Solarin hit a 3-pointer. But BYU-Hawaii (14-2, 8-2) responded with 10 unanswered points and finished the game on a 12-2 run at the Fresno Pacific Events Center.
Paul shot 7 of 11 from the field and teammate Trevon Clayton added 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
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Seasiders reserve Justin Yamzon finished with 17 points, and Daniel Berger added 10 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
• The Fresno Pacific women’s basketball team let a rare double-digit lead slip away as its struggles continued in a 66-57 loss to BYU-Hawaii.
Despite leading the majority of the night and by as many as 10 points, Fresno Pacific (2-12, 2-7 PacWest) lost control after starting point guard Jenay Herring got into foul trouble late in the first half and the Seasiders stormed back with an 18-5 run that carried into the second half.
Fresno Pacific’s Dakota McLarnan scored a game-high 22 points and Herring added 11 points and five assists in just 15 minutes. BYU-Hawaii (11-5, 8-2 PacWest) received 18 points from Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo.