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Standhardinger is Player of the Week; Warriors will host Northern Arizona

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After leading the Hawai’i basketball team to a pair of wins in California last week, junior forward Christian Standhardinger was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week.

The 6-foot-8 junior from Germany scored 41 points on 16-of-29 shooting (55.2 percent) and grabbed 18 rebounds as the Warriors scored road wins at UC Riverside on Thursday and Cal State Fullerton on Saturday. He had 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting and 10 rebounds in the win at Riverside, then had 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting and eight rebounds in the win at Fullerton.

It is the first Player of the Week honor for Standhardinger, and the second for the Warriors this season. Freshman Brandon Jawato took the honor on January 7.

The Warriors have won three consecutive road games, and Standhardinger averaged 24.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game during the streak.

Standhardinger currently leads the team in scoring at 16.0 points per game, and is second on the team in reobunding with 7.8 per game. He also leads the team in steals (29).

The Warriors are 13-9 overall and in third place in the Big West at 7-4. They will host first-place Long Beach State on Thursday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

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WARRIORS HOST NORTHERN ARIZONA ON FEB. 23

The pairings for the ESPN BracketBusters were announced on Monday afternoon, and Hawai’i will host Northern Arizona in a non-televised game on February 23 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The BracketBusters pool featured 61 total games, but only 13 are selected for national television. Two teams from the Big West Conference were selected for the TV games: first-place Long Beach State will host Stephen F. Austin, and second-place Pacific will travel to Western Michigan.

The Warriors are currently in third place in the Big West. Northern Arizona is 7-14 overall and currently in seventh place in the Big Sky Conference at 4-7.

This is the final year that ESPN will conduct a BracketBusters event. Hawai’i has participated in it every year, and has a 4-6 record in BracketBusters games.

10 Comments

  1. Congratulations Christian – well deserved

  2. congrats! big games this week! hope the crowd shows up to support them. cya there!

  3. Well done King of the Beach Christian, and big congratz. With your fellow upper classmen lead the warriors out again aginst Long Beach and the young guns will follow you into battle!!!

  4. Hey Christian Warrior, the Warrior Man, going to pump UH UP to ,BWC leader! Great job, on the court, off the court, geat team effort too, guys, and Mr. Gib Arnold, you are doing a great job with young guys as mentor and coach!!

    Wonderful award! Christian, you said you would bring effort, and you have, now Isaac and Vander, closing out as Bigs, going strong to get wins, great , great job guys, the 1 thorugh 12!! Man, the perimeter to Bigs playing well!

    :D !!

    Yeah, we will be there! Hopefully 7000+ strong on a school night. Great match up LBSU vs UH Warriors!

  5. Props to Christian. If there’s one thing you can expect from him is that he gives everything he has for every minute he’s on the court unlike the player (from last year) he replaced in the lineup. Christian’s a great example of what desire and determination can produce.

    One game at a time, but a big one on Thursday.

  6. Interesting matchup with Northern Arizona, which signed three players whom Hawaii was also looking at: Blake Hamilton and Cameron Forte from the 2012 class, and Ako Kaluna for 2013.

  7. Good job Christian. Christian always plays hard and is well deserving of this honor.

  8. Great job Christian! Well deserved. Hope the rest of the team can elevate their effort to match CS’s intensity the past 3 games.

    Huge games this week. UH needs to sweep to reel in Pacific for the #2 seed. I think The Beach are too far in front to catch, but two wins this week will get some separation from the #4 spot. If UH can finish #2 or #3, then it endures they won’t face The Beach until the BW finals.

  9. Christian is the perfect PF in a conference like the Big West. He is the one guy that can match the energy of those quick forwards that we face week after week in this league.

    I’m actually glad that this will be the last year of bracket busters. Last year’s schedule was poorly done — getting scheduled @ Montana right before the NMSU/La Tech trip.

    Looking at Northern Arizona, they currently have two former Hawaii recruits. Freshmen Dewayne Russell (their second leading scorer) and Blake Hamilton (4ppg). They also will have Ako Kaluna against Hawaii for our return trip.

  10. CS really does match up well in the BWC. What surprises me is that he has enough quickness/length to play SF in certain matchups. It’s taken him a few games to get used to the style of play in the BWC but he’s definitely turned it up in recent weeks. If not for him we probably lose the last three games.

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