IRVINE, Calif. – (Hawaii Athletics) For
the second straight week Christian Standhardinger was
named the Big West Men's Basketball Player of the Week. The junior averaged
20.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg while shooting 67 percent from the floor to put the
Rainbow Warriors in title contention with a home sweep of Long Beach State and
Standhardinger started the homestand by recording his ninth double-double of the season with 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead UH to an emphatic 94-73 win over league-leading Long Beach State, snapping the 49ers eight-game win streak. The 6-8 forward scored 13 of his points in the decisive first-half, helping UH build a 33-point halftime lead. It was Standhardinger's third double-double in the last four games.
Two night's later, he again tallied 20 points, while also adding nine rebounds as UH defeated UC Irvine 78-72. The native of Munich, Germany, scored 14 of his points after the break as UH overcame a seven-point second-half deficit and extended its win streak to a season-long five games.
Standhardinger's has been the main cog in a Rainbow Warrior win streak that has propelled them into the thick of the Big West title race. Last week he earned Big West honors averaging similar numbers as the Hawai'i grabbed a pair of road wins at UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. He is the first UH player to win back-to-back player of the week honors since Anthony Harris in the Western Athletic Conference during the 1995-96 season.
UH (15-9, 9-4 Big West) is currently in sole possession of second-place in the Big West, just 1.5 games behind Long Beach State. UH next heads to Northern California for a pair of road games, beginning with a contest at UC Davis on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7:00 p.m. PT (5:00 HT).