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HPU Falls in over-time to BYU-H

by Derek Clarkston, Sports editor


Despite a late surge from the HPU Sea Warriors BYU-Hawaii hung on and won in overtime,70-61 in a PacWest conference game at the Neil Blaisdell Arena Feb. 12.

HPU trailed by four, 54-58, with 1:38 remaining in the game when the Sea Warriors pulled two defensive gems out of their shoes. Aaron Abrahms came up with a steal when he cut in front of a pass intended for BYU-H’s Alexus Foyle. Abrahms took it the other way, missed the contested lay up but was helped out by teammate Marvin Noble who cleaned up the mess to pull HPU within two with 1:10 left.

Following a timeout, Sea Warriors’ Nic Walters stepped up and hit a turnaround jumper from the top of the key with 14.5 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

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On the next defensive series, HPU Center Leandro Maruoka went up and stole the ball before the Seasiders could get off a shot.

BYU-H had a chance to win the game in regulation but fumbled the ball out of bounds as time expired.

“All our guards can shoot at any time, we don’t have a guy who can step up at any time like BYU-H, but Walters came through and hit the shot for us,” said HPU Head Coach Russell Dung.

The Seasiders scored the first six points in overtime to open up a 64-58 lead. HPU pulled to within four, 61-65, with 1:44 left in the game, when Leandro Maruoka converted a three point play after he was fouled on a two point shot.

That would be the closest HPU would get as BYU-H went on a 6-0 run to end the game.

BYU-H got off to a fast start by jumping out to a quick 13-0 lead, on the hot shooting of Foyle who accounting for six of the 13.

Foyle ended the game with a game-high 28 points on 12-30 from the field. Foyle’s scored 18 of his points in the first half.

“Their coach helped me out, by leaving Foyle on the bench most of the second half,” said Dung.

Forward Scott Salisbury helped out Foyle in the winning cause by chipping in 16 points. HPU was led by Abrams, who had a team-high 19 points, and Maruoka who recorded a double-double with a game-high 16 rebounds and 13 points.

Walters and Marvin Noble also hit double digits for the Sea Warriors getting 10 and 11 apiece. “Don’t ask me why we always get down early, it’s just one of those things,” said Dung. “We did fight back and take it into overtime.”



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