Sunday, 20 December 2009

BYU-Hawaii 69, Simon Fraser 59

SFU's web site originally had the Clan meeting Hawaii-Hilo however BYU-Hawaii was SFU's first of two opponents in Hawaii. BYU-Hawaii is an NCAA Division II school competing in the Pacific West Conference, the same conference that Chaminade plays in - Chaminade hosts an annual tournament that has several high D1 teams competing each season and going way back Chaminade was the team that upset Ralph Sampson's Virginia Cavaliers in the early 80's.

According to Simon Fraser's web site, the Clan will meet Hawaii Pacific University Sea Warriors (although the Sea Warriors site shows another game on the schedule).


Clan fall to Seasiders
Recap courtesy BYU-Hawaii Sports Information

Laie, HI—The seventh-ranked Brigham Young University Hawaii men’s basketball team used a decisive 23-4 run that closed out the first half to propel them to a 69-59 non-conference win over Simon Fraser tonight. The Seasiders, tied with the Clan at 21-21 with just under eight minutes to play in the opening period, surged to a 44-25 halftime lead on the strength of the run and held off the Canadian visitors in the second half despite hitting only seven shots from the field after intermission.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have attended 3 of the last 4 EA Sports Maui Invitational tournaments that are hosted by Chaminade, and can offer these observations:

Of the eight teams which play in the Maui Invitational, generally there is one from each of the six major conferences (the Pac-10, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, ACC, and the SEC), one from another conference (such as Conference USA or the Atlantic 10), plus Chaminade.

The fully televised tournament attracts top Div 1 teams. This year was the "weakest" line up in years, with tournament winners Gonzaga beating Cincinnati, plus Maryland & Wisconsin (top 25 ranked teams) in the tournament. Hard to call that "weak"

Last year the tournament was won by North Carolina. The year before that it was Duke. Arizona State, Indiana, UCLA, Notre Dame and Kentucky are just a few of the teams that I have seen recently.

However, Chaminade has placed basically last or second last for as long as I can remember, and hasn't made the final since 1984.

If SFU is struggling against teams at Chaminade's level, Div II will be a stretch for them.