Tuesday, December 31, 2013

10-3 Hawaii Rolls Past Norfolk State, 77-66, as Christian Standhardinger Scores 29

College Hoops Player of the Day for Monday, December 30, 2013

One wouldn't normally expect the Hawaii Warriors to be competitive in the Big West conference, but, then again, one wouldn't expect them to have a 6'9" senior from Munich, Germany patrolling the paint.

Scoring 50 points in the second half, Hawaii improved to 10-3 this season, rolling past visiting Norfolk State, 77-66, as Christian Standhardinger scored 29 points on 8-for-12 shooting and 12-for-14 from the foul line.

Standhardinger, who played as an underclassman at Nebraska but didn't see much playing time, came to Hawaii as a junior and put in an average of 30 minutes per game, scoring 15.8 with 7.9 rebounds per game last season. This year's numbers are similar (18.4, 7.2) and the Warriors are off to a solid start in pre-conference play.

With eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and three steals, Standhardinger did it all in his 36 minutes of floor time, even making his only three-point attempt of the game, coming to within two points of his career-best. He scored 31 in a 94-84 win over Chaminade earlier this month.

Trailing at the half, 28-27, and two minutes into the second half, 32-30, the Warriors took the lead on back-to-back threes by Garrett Nevels and Brandon Spearman, eventually expanding their advantage to 13 on Standhardinger's three-pointer with just over five minutes left in the game.

Down the stretch, the big man took over, scoring 11 of Hawaii's final 11 points.

The Warriors have one more out-of-conference game, January 4, against Nebraska-Omaha, before starting Big West games, opeing on the road at Cal Poly on January 9.

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