Pac West’s top defender, Looney ranks nationally in steals

December 23, 2016

Connor Looney basketball

Connor Looney

If you had to point to the reason the Hawaii Pacific University men’s basketball team is the best defensive team in the Pacific West Conference, it would be guard Connor Looney of Palmer.

The senior has been a defensive stalwart all season as the NCAA D2 Sharks enter the Christmas break with an 11-0 record.

Looney, of Palmer High fame, was selected as the Pacific West Conference Defender of the Week for the second time in the last three weeks.

The 6-foot-2 starting guard helped lead the Sharks to three wins and sole possession of first place in the Pac West.

He recorded 10 steals and averaged 11.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

Looney had four steals against BYU-Hawaii and Northern New Mexico, giving him four four-steal performances in the last five games.

He ranks seventh in the nation in total steals [30]and 11th in steals per game [2.7], leading the Pac West in both categories.

His defensive play is a leading force behind why the Sharks lead the league in scoring defense at 65.9 points per game.