Hepa comes alive for Texas, matches career high with 15 points
With fourth-ranked Texas missing three players, someone needed to step up for the Longhorns and that someone was Kamaka Hepa of Utqiagvik.
The junior forward made his first start of the season and drained a career-best five 3-pointers en route to matching his career high with 15 points in an 82-67 win over Kansas State in the Big 12 Conference.
The last time he scored 15 points came against Oklahoma State almost exactly one year ago to the day.
Hepa, of Barrow High fame, finished 5-of-8 from downtown and added three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot.
This was just his fourth appearance for the 11-2 Longhorns.
The 6-foot-9 forward scored six points during an 18-0 run by Texas in the first half that fueled a 44-24 halftime lead.
In the early moments of the second half, Hepa had a steal and two more 3s to pave the way to his third double-figure scoring effort in 53 career games at the NCAA D1 level.
His 15 points matches his total from the previous nine games, dating back to last season.