Looney shows fellow Alaskans no mercy in Hawaii Pacific sweep

November 13, 2016
Connor Looney basketball

Connor Looney

Like the midday sun, Hawaii Pacific guard Connor Looney of Palmer was relentless as he scorched Alaska’s two college basketball teams in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The 6-foot-2 senior put it on his fellow Alaskans with a pair of 20-point-plus performances as the Sharks beat the Seawolves and the Nanooks in NCAA D2 play.

“It felt great beating them this year. Last year they caught us off guard in Fairbanks so having a chance to redeem ourselves was nice,” Looney told me. “UAA, being a top ranked team nationally, was a huge West Region win for us and Fairbanks was a great opponent as well.”

On Friday, Looney pumped in 15 of his 24 points in the first half as Hawaii Pacific beat UAF 78-71 in the season opener for both teams. He hit four 3s, grabbed four rebounds, made three steals and added two assists.

The Nanooks did not recruit Looney out of Palmer High.

UAA did.

Looney’s 20 points keyed Saturday’s upset over the 12th-ranked Seawolves as Hawaii Pacific won 77-71. He grabbed five boards and sank 12-of-15 free throws, including five of six in the final 42 seconds.

He scored major bragging rights with fellow Alaskans on both teams.

“Of course, there’s some added incentive when you’re playing people you grew up playing against from your home state,” Looney said. “It makes it that much more fun. Overall it was a great weekend for us, but we’re still hungry and are ready to get back to work.”