Hawaii-Hilo downs Seawolves, 92-85

University of Hawaii-Hilo guard Stanley Ibia led his Vulcans to a 17-2 run late in the game to defeat the Seawolves Friday night at the UAA Sports Center, 92-85. Ibia followed a clutch three-pointer with two foul shots, erasing an eight-point UAA lead with four minutes left and sealing the victory.

“We didn't play with the emotion we should have,” said a dejected UAA coach Charlie Bruns after the game. “Hilo is a good team, you've got to take care of business.”

Greg Freeman led the Seawolves early in the first half with nine of UAA's first 13. His floating shots from all over the court ignited the Seawolf offense.

UAA's Ed Kirk delivers a jump shot against Hawaii-Hilo's Scott Prather Friday evening at the Campus Center. Hawaii-Hilo came back to beat UAA 92-85 with a 17-2 Vulcan run late in the second half. Photo by Casey Jacobs.

On the other end of the court, B.J. Rogers and his Vulcan teammates dominated the offensive boards, keeping the score close. UAA and UHH traded three-pointers midway through the first half, with Hilo keeping a slight advantage.

The Seawolves eventually took a 35-31 lead when Nathon Glover soared over two defenders for a lay-in with 2:36 to go in the first half.

Five-foot -11-Inch Vulcan guard Scott Prather followed his lay-up by stealing an inbound pass from Ed Kirk, rallying his team to conclude the first half with a 41-38 lead. Hawaii had racked up 10 fouls in the half to UAA's four.

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“Most of our leadership came from underclassmen tonight,” said Bruns. “They stepped up when we needed them.” Bullock's play brought UAA the momentum it needed for an 83-75 lead with less than four minutes remaining.

Hawaii, however, countered with a victory run.

“They had momentum on us,” said Hawaii head coach Jeff Law. “We were able to stick our finger in the dyke and stop it.”

B.J. Rogers' two at the elbow was followed by a floating three-pointer from Stanley Ibia. The Vulcans continued on an 11-0 run to regain their lead. Only one more Seawolf basket would interrupt the Hilo momentum before Alan Thomas struck again, swiping a group of rebounds to ice the game. Thomas sank the last of his 33 points at the foul line, capping the score at 92-85.

Greg Freeman led the Seawolves with 19 points, followed by Ed Kirk with 18. The next opponent for UAA will be against the Mustangs at Western New Mexico University.