Redhawks Roundball Roundup: Seattle U split a home series living and dying with the 3-pointer
The Seattle University Redhawks (10-11, 2-4 conf) split a series at home this weekend living and dying by the 3-pointers. When the Redhawks were good, they were dominant and of course when they were cold, they were run out of Key Arena. Right now the Redhawks are showing themselves unable to get an inside game going without the presence of injured center, 7’2 Aaron Menzies. And because they have little to no inside game, coach Cameron Dollar has had to rely on the lower percentage 3’s to keep up with the WAC.
Vs. New Mexico State L, 71-56
The New Mexico State Aggies ran their record to 19-2 (6-0 conf) and made the Redhawks their 17th straight victim. This game was not even close in the 1st half as Seattle U would commit 13 turnovers early on. Compound that with going 0-12 from 3 point range and it would be a long dismal night for Redhawk fans.
And while a decent 2nd half run showed the heart of this team, ultimately 31.4% field goal shooting would be their undoing. Seattle U would have no answer for the superior athleticism and physicality of the visiting Aggies. Guard Ian Baker would score 19 points while forwards Jemerrio Jones and Eli Chuha would clean up the rebounds relentlessly.
|Thu, Jan 26||1||2||T|
Vs University of Texas Rio Grande Valley W, 96-84
Former Seattle Supersonics Xavier McDaniel and Sam Perkins returned to Key Arena, this time as spectators to see the X-Man’s son, Xavier McDaniel Jr play for the visiting University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros (10-14, 2-5 conf). Streams of Seattlelites would line up for photo ops with the former Sonic legends, but the game turned out to be every bit as thrilling.
Seattle U guard Zack Moore was unstoppable from 3 point range as he would drain a career high 33 points. Brendan Westendorf would add a career best 29 as the two powered the Redhawks to a season high 96 points and a precious WAC conference victory.
Seattle U was held to under 60 points in their last 2 games but they came out on fire as they had 30-of-48 shooting (62.5 percent) while making 14 of 24 three-point attempts (58.3 percent).
|Sat, Jan 28||1||2||T|
SSU Player of the week
The 6’5 sophomore from Bellevue, Zack Moore was a monster this week. He had career games with scoring on Saturday and rebounds on Thursday. The 33 points on Saturday utterly demolished the visiting University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and his gritty play against New Mexico State shows how much Zack has stepped up for this team.
The sophomore from Bellevue has at times been a strong contributor, but at times struggles with consistency. If the Redhawks can get double-digits from this kid every game, Cameron Dollar may have an outstanding alternative to Westendorf in the back court.
|Sat 1/28||UT RIO GRANDE||W 96-84||36||6||2||1||2||33|
|Thu 1/26||NEW MEXICO ST||L 71-56||33||9||1||0||0||9|
Just the stats
- Points Per Game: Brendan Westendorf, 15.9
- Assists Per Game: William Powell, 3.6
- Rebounds Per Game: William Powell, 5.0
- Steals Per Game: Brendan Westendorf, 1.8
Next side up
Vs Utah Valley Wolverines 10-11, 2-4 Conf Saturday February 4th
|New Mexico State||7-0||21-2|
|UT Rio Grande Valley||2-5||10-14|