Sophomore forward Audrius Peciukas (11 points)
and freshman forward Alex Jakovljevic (10 points) were the
only other players in double figures for HPU. HPU’s leading
scorer, senior guard Aaron Abrams, struggled through a rare
off-night going 0-11 from the floor and managing only five
points from the free-throw line.
WNMU had strong performances all around with Jason Jackson,
who led all scorers with 18 points, and three other players
double-digit scoring totals.
In game two on Feb. 12, the Sea Warriors bounced back behind
a double-double from Peciukas for a PacWest victory over the
Mustangs 71-60. In addition to a career-best 18 points, the Lithuania
native cleaned up the glass with 13 rebounds. Senior guard Albert
Tecul helped in the win, dropping in 17 points and grabbing nine
boards. Abrams was able to find his groove too, as he and Noble
contributed 14 points apiece.
WNMU’s Brendon Malone led all scorers
with 23 points, but the Mustangs fell to 7-13 overall and 4-6
in the conference.
In the final game of the road trip Feb.14, HPU took on Division
II West Region ninth-ranked MSUB. Even though all five HPU
starters scored in double figures, it wasn’t enough to bring down
the powerhouse Yellow Jackets in a 104-83 loss. Abrams shredded
the defense for a game-high 29 points to go along with seven
rebounds while his backcourt partner Noble poured in 11 points
and pulled down six rebounds. Peciukas had 13 points while Tecul
and junior guard Dante Sykes had 10 each, respectively.
HPU will take its record of 8-15 overall and 5-7 in Pac West
play into a conference showdown with Chaminade Feb. 24.