Senior Kahi Villa scored 11 of his career-high 15 points in the second half to help Brigham Young-Hawaii hold off Chaminade, 98-90, in a Pacific West Conference mens basketball game at the Cannon Activities Center in Laie.
Kerry Hendrickson scored 19 points for BYUH, which improved to 10-7 overall and 4-4 in the conference. CJ Cowgill scored 36 points for Chaminade (9-8, 3-5).
The Seasiders led 79-66 with 6:49 to play before the Silverswords battled back, closing to 86-85 with 2:30 remaining.
Villa, who entered the season having attempted just one 3-pointer in three years, hit from long range with one second left on the shot clock to make it 89-85. He then rebounded a Chaminade miss, was fouled and sank two free throws to put BYUH up 91-85 with less than two minutes to play.
Villa hit another jumper and Jeremy Frampton helped seal the win with five free throws.
"Ive been waiting four years for this year," said Villa, a former Kamehameha Schools standout.
UHH rolls: The University of Hawaii-Hilo shot 72 percent from the field in the second half to blitz visiting Hawaii Pacific University, 108-81, last night in a Pacific West Conference mens game.
The Vulcans made 23 of 32 field-goal attempts, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range, after intermission to build on their 42-36 halftime lead.
Alan Thomas finished with 29 points on 9-for-12 shooting and 11-of-12 free-throw accuracy to lead the Vulcans (8-9 overall, 3-5 in conference).
Nick Spajic led the Sea Warriors (9-8, 4-4) with 27 points.
HPU sweeps: Tyrus Matsumoto hit solo homers in each game as Hawaii Pacific University swept Sonoma State, 11-9 and 10-7, in a doubleheader last night at Hans LOrange Park.
Both teams are 4-4.
Jeremiah Yacap hit a three-run homer in the first game to help HPU rally from a 4-0 deficit after the top of the first inning.
The Sea Warriors took the lead for good with a five-run third inning that made it 9-4.
In the nightcap, Hawaii Pacific scored three runs in the fifth inning and two in the sixth to hold off Sonoma State.
Blane Muraoka allowed one hit over the final two innings to earn a save.
Daric Stith had four hits for the night, and Yap and Tom Peters each had four RBIs.
Tickets on sale: Season ticket sales for University of Hawaii softball runs through Feb. 2, the athletic department announced.
Tickets may be purchased at the Stan Sheriff Center box office, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 944-2697, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All seats are general admission. Season ticket prices are $40 for adults, $25 for senior citizens, $12 for children ages 4-18 and UH students with valid IDs.
The Wahine play 19 home dates with their home opener on Feb. 15 in the Chevron Paradise Classic.
UH places third: The University of Hawaii finished third, the schools highest placing ever, at the recent Universal Cheerleaders Association National College Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Fla.
Hawaii earned a spot in the nationals after winning the West Regional competition in November. UHs routine will be shown on ESPN throughout the year.
Kentucky won the national championship with Ohio State finishing runner-up.
UH finishes first: Michael Gowdy of the University of Hawaii won the mens one-meter springboard event last Friday at the UCLA Diving Invitational.
Gowdy scored a season-high 350.55 points. Teammate Jon Coyle placed third with 267.45 points.
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