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by Tiffany Garret, News Editor

 

HPU improved to 3-6 in the PacWest Conference and 8-16 overall with three more games left in the season. Audrius Peciukas led the Sea Warriors with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Rick Wilson ended another great game with 17 points, and Finis Harwell added 16. Also scoring in the double digits were Joseph Ison and Donnell Dobbins, both with 15 points. For GCU, Rick Davis led the way with 26 points. Noe Alonzo added 24 points, as the Antelopes fell to 17-8.

Right off the bat, both teams fought hard, however the Sea Warriors got out to a small lead. Then, with 34 seconds left, Jason Stromvall banked in a shot giving the Antelopes a 54-53 lead at the half. For GCU, Davis and Alonzo both shot in double figures with 13 and 12 points respectively. As Peciukas and Wilson made it in the double digits also with 16 and 13 points for HPU.

Mike Grouthan’s jumper increased GCU’s lead to three points to start the second half. But, baskets by Dobbins and Harwell gave the lead back to HPU. The Sea Warriors used its accurate shooting to overpower the Antelopes throughout the half. HPU shot 50 percent from the field compared to GCU’s 38 percent. The Sea Warriors sank 76 percent of its free throws, 16 of which came with five minutes left in the game.

An Ison dunk followed by several free throws, including two from Dobbins, assured HPU the win.
This was the Sea Warriors’ third game of the week. HPU defeated BYU-Hawai‘i in overtime, 88-82 as both Peciukas and Wilson again led the team with 19 points. The Sea Warriors beat UH-Hilo, 63-56, and Dobbins led the squad with 14 points.

The Sea Warriors played another conference game against Chaminade on Saturday, Feb. 25, while this issue was being printed. The final two games of the Season for HPU are against Chaminade on March 1 at Blaisdell Arena at 7:30 pm for “Senior Night,” and March 3 in Laie against BYU-Hawai‘i, also at 7:30 p.m.
 
 

 

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