BYU-Hawaii runs away from CSDH
Whippy scores 31 in second upset victory of opening day
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Seventh-seed Brigham Young-Hawaii received 31 points and eight rebounds from center Marques Whippy while defeating second-seeded Cal State Dominguez Hills 83-76, pulling off the second upset Friday in the NCAA Division II Men’s West Regional basketball tournament at Nicholson Pavilion.
Earlier third-seed Humboldt State fell to sixth-seed Alaska Anchorage 76-70. BYUH will now take on UAA in Saturday’s first semifinal game.
Whippy scored 18 of his points in the first half including seven during a 10-2 key run late in the first half. He hit a layup and a jumper to turn a 35-34 deficit into a three-point lead with 1:27 remaining.
Jake Dastrup then nailed a 3-pointer following a Dominguez Hills miss. After a basket by the Toros’ Amir Aguilar closed the Seasiders’ lead to 40-36, Whippy hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to give BYUH a seven-point lead at halftime.
Dominguez could never quite overcome that deficit in the second half as BYUH ran off nine consecutive points midway through the second period to open a 64-51 lead with 11:54 remaining. Guard Tsung-Hsien Chang had four and Whippy had three of those points.
The Toros didn’t get within eight points again until the final minute when it climbed to six points at 79-73 on a jumper by Michael Cox with 38 seconds remaining. The Toros then pulled to within four at 80-76 on a 3-pointer by Cornell Jenkins with 17 seconds left.
But BYUH’s Heath Gameren made a three-point play at the other end three seconds later to clinch the victory.
Cal State Dominguez Hills had beaten BYU-Hawaii 81-54 back in November in their season opener, but this game bore little resemblance to that early season match-up.
“There team is totally different than the one we played in November,” CSUDH coach Damaine Powell said. “They have different players, they ran different plays and they did things differently on defense.”
“We just played a lot better than we did in that contest,” BYU-Hawaii coach Ken Wagner acknowledged.
Powell was also impressed by Whippy, who is the NCAA Division II national leader in rebounding.
“He’s a great player,” Powell said. “He’s strong and athletic and when he hits the jump shot (like he did today), there is not much you can do about it.”
Whippy ended up making 12 of 18 shots, including his only two 3-point attempts. He also blocked a game-high three shots.
The Seasiders also got 12 points from Chang and Gameron and 10 from Rory Patterson.
Cox and Zareh Zargaryan had 14 points each for the Toros, while Robert Willhite (12 points), Marcquintice Davis (11 points) and Aguilar (11 points) were also in double-figures. Aguilar led all rebounders with nine.
BYU-Hawaii shot 50.9 percent from the floor (28-55), including 7 of 13 3-pointers to offset a 34-29 rebounding deficit.
“We could just never get the multiple (defensive) stops that we needed (to overcome BYUH’s lead),” Powell said.