Warriors fall to Pepperdine, 63-56
Pepperdine shot a blistering 42 percent (10 of 24) from 3-point range and limited Hawai’i to 33 percent shooting from the field tonight as the Waves hung on for a 63-56 non-conference road victory.
A crowd of 5,931 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched the Warriors fall to 4-3. The Waves improved to 6-3.
Christian Standhardinger led UH with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Isaac Fotu added 12 points and nine boards and Vander Joaquim finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Jordan Baker led Pepperdine with 15 points and six rebounds, and Lorne Jackson and Caleb Willis each added 11 points.
Pepperdine led, 55-46, after Moriba De Freitas sank the front end of a 1-and-1 with 3:41 remaining. UH cut it to 60-55 on Joaquim’s short turnaround jumper on the right baseline with 1:02 left. The Warriors regained possession twice shortly thereafter, but could not convert either time.
Jackson then sank two free throws with 42 seconds remaining to make it 62-55 and added another foul shot 14 seconds later to push it to 63-55. UH could only manage a free throw by Joaquim with 7.7 ticks on the clock.
Hawai’i struggled from the field in the first half, making just 8 of 28 field goals (27 percent). Pepperdine, meanwhile, drained 7 of 14 shot from 3-point range.
The Warriors also were plagued by poor free throw shooting throughout the game, finishing a dismal 13 of 26 (50 percent) from the line.