Allen's Career-High, Heroics Earn Senior Weekly Honor
Hawai‘i senior Noah Allen (Pacific Grove, Calif./UCLA) earned Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors on the strength of a career-high 25 points in a dramatic overtime victory over preseason conference favorite Long Beach State.
A 6-7 guard/forward, Allen hit a driving layup at the buzzer to tie the score and force overtime, as the Rainbow Warriors eventually won a wild 114-107 affair over the 49ers.
After LBSU went up 93-91 with 3.1 seconds to go, UH needed to go the length of the court and did. Allen received a pass near midcourt and raced to the rim to get the shot off just in time.
Allen’s 25 points came on 10-of-16 shooting, a welcome sight for the UCLA transfer who had missed 18 straight shots coming into the game. He ended the slump on his first shot, converting a three-point play with 13:39 in the first half.
But he did the most damage when it counted the most, scoring 20 points during the second half and overtime, and playing a critical role in UH erasing a 13-point second half deficit. He shot 8-of-11 from the floor after the break.
Allen, who also contributed four rebounds, three assists and a steal, helped UH make history as the 114 points scored represented the most ever for the program in a conference game, spanning more than 37 years in the Big West and WAC.
Others nominated: Tre’ Coggins (Cal State Fullerton); Kendall Smith (CSUN); Brynton Lemar (UC Davis); Luke Nelson (UC Irvine); Secean Johnson (UC Riverside); Clifton Powell (UC Santa Barbara)