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.
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.