Leandro Maruoka and Aaron Abrams added a combined 35 points
to the scoreboard, while guard Nic Walters had seven assists
and shot 57 percent from the field. BYU’s top player, Alexus
Foyle, sealed the Seasiders’ win with 22 points in the second
half. Foyle attributed his first half 2-9 field goal record
to HPU’s strong defense. The second half also brought foul trouble
for the Sea Warriors, giving BYU a chance to gain at the line.
The Seasiders made 88.2 percent of their free throws in the
second half, for an overall game average of 90 percent.
HPU rebounded after its loss to BYU-H by getting back into
the win column against island rival Chaminade University, 87-78,
Jan. 30 at the Neal Blaisdell Sports Arena.
With the win, HPU improved its conference mark to 2-4 and overall
record to 13-5. The Silverswords dropped to 4-2 in the PacWest
and 9-9 overall. HPU center Leandro Maruoka led all scorers
with a career-high 28 points. Maruoka also tallied up his fourth
double-double with 10 rebounds. "Maruoka earned his first start
of the season,” said Head Coach Russell Dung. “And he made it
a memorable one with his aggressive offense."
It was the third time Maruoka had scored 20 or more points
in a game. Nic Walters added 17 points and Marvin Noble and
Aaron Abrams both chipped in 14. The Sea Warriors shot 46 percent
from the field while limiting the Silverswords, who were led
by Mike Donegan with a team high 17 points, to 38 percent.
Coming off their second conference win of the season, the Sea
Warriors traveled to Hilo on Feb. But, fell to the Vulcans,
83-67. With the loss to the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo, the
Sea Warriors conference record dropped to 2-5 and 13-6 overall.
The Vulcans improved their PacWest record to 5-2 and 13-6 overall.
Leading the Sea Warriors was senior guard Nic Walters who dropped
in a team-high 19 points. Maruoka posted a double-double with
18 points and 10 rebounds. Abrams chipped in 10 points.
The Sea Warriors, who prior to this game led the PacWest in
holding their opponents to a .392 field goal percentage, allowed
the Vulcans to hit .457 from the field. The Vulcans were led
by Skip Esence, who scored 23 points.
HPU’s current standing is 13-7, 2-5 in the PacWest.