Archive | November, 2011

Seattle ‘at’ Evergreen State – 77-54 WIN

29 Nov

When the Redhawks faced off against an NAIA team that had won exactly one game out of seven all year, a decisive blowout was the only acceptable result. And it’s the one they got. Seattle blasted Evergreen State 77-54 in a game that wasn’t really that close, as the Redhawks allowed just 12 points in the first half before they called off the dogs.

Everyone got in on the action. Clarence Trent had 15 points and 9 rebounds, Allen Tate had his best game as a Redhawk with 12 and 8, Louis Green came off the bench to score 12 and Aaron Broussard added 10. Seattle outrebounded their lower-division foes 59-36. It was a dominant performance and a solid win.

Hero – Cameron Dollar. The coach gets the credit for scheduling the worst team Seattle U is going to face this year. It came at the perfect time for the Redhawks, who can take a .500 record into a big Thursday home showdown against surprisingly good Pac-12 team Stanford.

Goat – The ShoWare Center. This was the location for Monday’s game, billed as the “ShoWare College Basketball Showcase” or something silly like that. Not only did the Kent arena play host to an extremely non-competitive game, but they didn’t get many people to come watch it – attendance was well below 2000. Maybe next time their “showcase” will feature more than one team worth showing.

Key stat – Evergreen State shot a perfectly awful 0-15 from beyond the three-point line in the first half.

San Francisco at Seattle – 69-63 LOSS

20 Nov

The Redhawks absorbed their second tough loss to open the season in as many tries on Saturday afternoon, hanging tight with the University of San Francisco the whole game but falling by 6. Again, the defense effectively forced turnovers (18 in this game after forcing 25 in the season opener) but again, the offense was unable to capitalize.

San Francisco is a decent team, but this was a winnable game that really had to be won. Seattle’s next game is on the road at a very solid Montana State team. With games at home against Stanford and on the road at Harvard, it’s very possible that the Redhawks are looking at a 1-5 record in a couple weeks.

Hero – Aaron Broussard. The only Redhawk to be able to consistently make shots, Broussard led the team in scoring with 19, shooting a very solid 7-11 from the floor. He went up against opposing players bigger than him for much of the evening and showed toughness. Honorable mention to Louis Green, who was effective in his 16 minutes, shooting 3-5 and grabbing 4 boards.

Goat – The starting guards. Prince Obasi and Allen Tate combined to shoot 2-14 from the field, and 0-9 from three-point land. They combined for 3 assists and 7 turnovers. Although they were effective on defense, that kind of offensive production is simply not acceptable from any team’s starting backcourt.

Key stat – 8 of 18. That was how San Francisco shot from 3-point range. Take away 2 of those, for a roughly “average” 33% from beyond the arc, and the Redhawks are looking at a tie game. But you can’t take those away, so instead, the Redhawks are looking at their second straight loss.

WAC Watch – Denver undefeated in three

18 Nov

This is a little feature we’re going to run from time to time – the WAC watch. We’ll do a quick rundown of all of Seattle University’s WAC rivals next year, how they’re doing, and any general trends we noticed.

The interesting thing that stands out so far is that everyone has a win. That’s good! Of course, a bunch of those wins are against lower division schools. That’s less good. (And a couple of those teams have yet to win against D-I schools.)

Of the few teams who actually do have impressive wins, New Mexico State stands out the most. They went into the Pit at in-state rivals New Mexico and won by 9, ending a seven-game losing streak against the Lobos in the process. Sitting at 2-0, and with two winnable home contests before a big matchup against Arizona at home (!), the Aggies have a chance to make a statement.

Denver has started strongly as well, winning 3 games against D-I schools. They, too, have big games coming up – the next two are at home against Saint Mary’s and at Cal.

Here’s how all the 2012-13 WAC teams have fared so far:

Denver 3-0. Last game – 59-52 win over Southern Miss.

Idaho 1-2. Last game – 57-52 loss at Montana.

Louisiana Tech 1-0. Last game – blowout win over a lower division school.

New Mexico State 2-0. Last game – 62-53 win at New Mexico.

San Jose State 1-2. Last game – 83-81 OT loss at San Francisco.

Texas State 2-0. Last game – blowout win over a lower division school.

UT-Arlington 1-0. Last game – blowout win over a lower division school.

UT-San Antonio 2-1. Last game – 90-85 loss at Oklahoma State.

Utah State 1-1. Last game – 73-63 loss at Weber State.

Seattle at Portland State – 66-65 LOSS

16 Nov

What a painful way to begin the new season. Seattle threw away a 14-point second half lead, including an 8-point lead with under 2 minutes to go. Portland State took the lead – their first lead since the middle of the first half – with 4 seconds to go, and Aaron Broussard‘s long distance shot could not find the bottom of the net as time expired. Seattle drops to 0-1 after a game they absolutely should have won.

Hero – Clarence Trent. No Redhawk shot particularly well, but Trent filled up the stat sheet with 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. He scored 6 straight points after the Vikings closed to within 3 in the middle of the second half.

Goat – The defense, but in particular, Prince Obasi. In the final minute, his foul allowed the Vikings to make a free throw, closing the gap to 1. On the next possession with 20 seconds left, his turnover gave Portland State the ball back, which would lead to the final, fatal basket.

Key stat – Seattle sent Portland State to the line 4 times in the last 3 minutes, giving them 6 points on free throws.

We’re back

16 Nov

Tonight marks the start of the 2011-2012 season, the last for Seattle U as an independent Division-I school before they join the WAC next year.

It will feature tough games against quality teams such as Stanford, Virginia, Utah State, Washington, and Northwest University (ok, so some of the games are against not-so-quality teams.)

We’ll do our best to be here for you the whole season with game recaps, looks at rival teams, player profiles, and more. Between our occasionally updated blog and our constantly-updated Twitter account @seattleuhoops, we’ll be your best source for in-depth Redhawks basketball information all season long!

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