Phil Lott, held to three points and a 1-for-10 shooting performance two nights earlier against Utah, exploded for 27 points to lead Hawaii to a 74-65 victory over BYU late Saturday night in Honolulu.
The Cougars were leading 51-47 in the second half when they fell apart. The Rainbows made a 19-4 run and held the Cougars scoreless during one eight-minute stretch. BYU, down by 11 points, pulled to within five points, 68-63, late in the game, but never got closer.Lott, a 6-foot-4 junior, did most of the damage, scoring 19 points in the second half.
BYU, 7-8 overall, 1-1 in Western Athletic Conference play, has lost to Hawaii in five of their last six meetings. Hawaii, which has won five of its last six games, is 9-4 overall, 1-1 in league play.
For BYU, the loss wasted a fine showing by Scott Moon, who scored a career-high 22 points - 16 in the first half.
Steve Schreiner scored 15 points and Shawn Bradley had 12 points - but only four in the second half.
Besides Lott's 27 points, Hawaii also got 18 points from Tim Sheppard - double his average - and 13 from Ray Reed.
Early in the game, the Rainbows made nine consecutive shots and outscored the Cougars 13-2 to open an 11-point lead. But they quickly cooled off, and the Cougars - or rather Moon - heated up. Moon made back-to-back three-point shots to start BYU's rally. He made another basket to help sustain a 10-2 BYU run. In the meantime, Hawaii missed eight consecutive shots.
With seconds left in the half, Moon scored on a dunk to give BYU a 38-33 lead, but it didn't last long. Hawaii's Troy Bowe made a hurried three-point shot at the buzzer to cut BYU's lead to 38-36 at halftime.
The Rainbows finally regained the lead in the second, 44-43, on another shot by Bowe. The teams traded leads seven times during the next few minutes, but BYU eventually managed to open a 51-47 lead. But from there the Cougars couldn't match the Rainbows' shooting performance. The Rainbows made their decisive 19-4 run and took a 66-55 lead, with 10 of those points coming from Lott.
During one stretch the Cougars missed 11 consecutive shots.
The drought finally ended when Mark Heslop hit a jump shot and a pair of three-point shots, which cut Hawaii's lead to 68-63. But the Rainbows scored six unanswered points - all at the foul line - to secure the victory.
The Cougars return home to play Texas-El Paso Thursday and New Mexico Saturday.