H A W A I I _ C O L L E G E _ S P O R T S

Associated Press
The Sea Warriors' Scott Kato, left, battles for a rebound
with Kelton Pope of William Carey in yesterday's NAIA
game, won by Hawaii Pacific University.

HPU turns on

Sea Warriors power to
a big halftime lead and hold on
to win opener

Staff and wire reports

TULSA, Okla. -- With Hawaii Pacific cruising to a 24-point lead at halftime yesterday, fans back in Hawaii may have turned off their television sets or radios.

The second-seeded Sea Warriors nearly tuned themselves out of the NAIA Tournament picture, too. HPU switched the power back on in time to hold off upset-minded William Carey of Mississippi for an 82-79 victory in a first-round game.

Hawaii Pacific, the 1993 national champion, needed two free throws by Steve Richey with 18.4 seconds left to advance to today's 2:15 p.m. second-round game against Georgetown, Ky.

Georgetown (27-8) eliminated Phillips, Okla., 66-64, last night.

"We played well at the start, came out ready to play," said HPU senior All-American Juergen Malbeck, who led all scorers with 30 points. "But, after the first half, we might have thought the game was over. They (William Carey) shot well and made it a tight game.

"Steve Richey did a great job," added Malbeck. "Thursday (today), we must play better and focus for 40 minutes, not just 20."

HPU jumped out to a 43-19 lead at halftime and led by as many as 27 points with 17:17 remaining.

William Carey (22-14) rallied with 60 second-half points, pulling to 80-79 on a 3-pointer by Dexter Pugh with under a minute remaining.

Richey, perfect at the line in four attempts, gave the Sea Warriors their final margin. Pugh missed a 23-footer with nine seconds to go and HPU closed the door on Carey's upset hopes when it intercepted the Crusaders' inbounds pass.

Pugh finished with 23 points, 19 coming in the second half. Reignea Ford added 19 points and Jermaine Bryant 18.

Also in double figures for the Sea Warriors was Llewellyn Smalley (18 points) while J.J. Lucas added another double-double (15 points, 12 rebounds).

Malbeck was 12 of 13 from the floor and added eight rebounds.

"I was impressed with the way we came out in the first half," said HPU coach Tony Sellitto.

"But we haven't played in 13 days and it showed. We didn't handle their press real well but this will certainly makes us better for (today's) game if they press us.

"And Steve Richey showed why he's an All-American by making those two free throws."

In today's other game involving Hawaii's other NAIA team, unseeded Brigham Young-Hawaii (21-6) met No. 1 Life (33-1) of Georgia at 10:15 a.m. HST.

According to Seasiders coach Ken Wagner, he would prefer seeing the Running Eagles to HPU, a team BYU-Hawaii lost to twice during the conference season.

Life uses a three-guard offense with little inside game. Wagner feels his big men -- Pa'ulasi Matavao and Ionatana Enosa -- have the potential to dominate.

Hawaii Pacific 82, William Carey 79

Hawaii Pacific: Smalley 6-14 4-4 18, Richey 2-7 4-4 9, Lucas 6-15 0-0 15, Johnson 2-4 0-0 5, Malbeck 12-14 6-8 30, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Nolan 0-0 0-0 0, Parker 1-1 0-0 3, Kato 1-3 0-0 2, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-58 14-16 82.

William Carey: Pugh 8-25 3-3 23, Stinson 1-3 0-0 2, Ford 8-16 0-2 19, Bryant 7-15 4-8 18, Hodges 1-4 0-0 2, Hawthorn 0-0 0-0 0, Patterson 2-3 0-0 5, Burt 0-0 0-0 0, Minor 1-4 0-0 2, Pope 3-8 2-2 8. Totals 31-78 9-15 79.

Halftime--Hawaii Pacific 43, William Carey 19.

3-point goals--HPU 8-16 (Smalley 2-6, Richey 1-3, Lucas 3-5, Johnson 1-1, Parker 1-1), WC 8-25 (Pugh 4-15, Stinson 0-2, Ford 3-6, Patterson 1-2). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--HPU (Lucas 12) WC (Pugh 7). Assists--HPU (Johnson 8), WC (Bryant 5). Total fouls--HPU 14, WC 14. A--NA.

NAIA Tournament

Today's games
Cumberland, Ky. (29-6) vs. Dillard, La. (20-12), 5 a.m.
Central Washington (17-12) vs. Azusa Pacific, Calif. (29-7), 6:45 a.m.
Southeastern Oklahoma (27-3) vs. Birmingham-Southern (27-5), 8:30 a.m.
Life (33-1) vs. Brigham Young-Hawaii (21-6), 10:15 a.m.
Point Park (21-7) vs. Claflin, S.C. (25-7), 12:30 p.m.
Georgetown, Ky. (27-8) vs. Hawaii Pacific (25-3), 2:15 p.m.
Oklahoma Baptist (33-3) vs. Biola, Calif. (28-5), 4 p.m.
McKendree, Ill. (27-8) vs. Findlay, Ohio (27-4), 10:45 p.m.

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