HONOLULU — Brian Skinner hit six 3-pointers en route to a 22-point night as Brigham Young-Hawaii gave No. 13 Southern California a serious scare before eventually falling to the Trojans 86-74 last night in a first-round game of the Yahoo! Sports Invitational at Cannon Activities Center.
Dean Daley scored 10 points and Scott Salisbury added seven points and nine rebounds for BYUH. Brian Scalabrine led USC with 28 points on 14-of-20 shooting. Sam Clancy added 17 points, four rebounds and four assists.
In other first-round games, No. 24 Mississippi beat Southern Illinois 70-66, Iowa State held off Troy State 66-56, and BYU-Provo routed Boise State, 83-67.
The NCAA Division II Seasiders (5-1) showed no signs of being intimidated, hitting their first three shots of the game – all 3-pointers – to take a 9-4 lead.
A 3-pointer by Desmon Farmer and a short hook by Scalabrine tied the score, but BYUH didn’t flinch. A goal-tending call on USC’s David Bluthenthal started a 8-0 Seasider run capped by Brian Skinner’s reverse, in-the-air put-back of a Jeremy Frampton airball.
For much of the half, it was difficult to tell which team came in with the national ranking. The Seasiders played intelligent, aggressive defense, mobbed the boards and patiently looked for openings on offense. The only thing they couldn’t do was stop Scalabrine, who kept the Trojans close with a variety of shots off the dribble.
BYUH took a 23-19 lead on a 17-foot, fade-away jumper by Lamont Young, who was fouled by Scalabrine as he released the shot. Young missed the free throw and the Seasiders came up short on two attempts off the ensuing offensive rebound.
Sam Clancy’s uncontested dunk on USC’s next possession sparked a 16-2 run as USC (8-0) turned to a half-court press to derail the Seasiders’ offense. The Trojans took their first lead of the game, 28-25, on a 3-pointer by Nate Hair with 4:43 left in the half.
Brandon Granville fed Clancy for an alley-oop dunk then converted a layup on the break as time expired to give USC a 43-31 halftime lead. Skinner had eight points and Salisbury grabbed six rebounds in the first half.
Scalabrine finished the half with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
The second half started out as a duel between Skinner and Scalabrine. Skinner hit four 3s in the first seven minutes as the Seasiders relied on their perimeter shooting to stay in the game. Scalabrine had an answer for every BYUH threat, using his 6-9, 250-pound frame to muscle in for easy hooks.
Hendrickson cut the lead to six points on a put-back basket with less than seven minutes remaining in the half, but USC sealed the game with a 14-1 run down the stretch.
NO. 24 MISSISSIPPI 70, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 66: David Sanders scored six of his 15 points in the final two minutes, helping the Rebels (10-0) hold off the Salukis (4-4) in the opening round. The Rebels struggled until Jason Harrison hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the second half to spark a 17-9 run that helped Mississippi hold off the Salukis, who committed 23 turnovers.