Seattle Roundball Roundup: Kavas and Powell power Redhawks to 11th win
The Seattle University Redhawks (11-11, 3-4 conf) took care of business on Saturday nights homecoming game versus the Utah Valley Wolverines (10-12, 2-5). Senior forward, William Powell scored 7 of his 13 points during a 10-2 run to open the game; the Redhawks exploded and never looked back as they trampled the Wolverines 63-50. Freshman forward, Matej Kavas rediscovered his stroke as he went 7-9 to drain 18 points. The Redhawks would get the typical strong outing from senior guard Brendan Westendorf as he would score 11 points, pull down 5 rebounds, and dish 5 assists.
Coach Cameron Dollar was excited to see a complete game from his guys this week.
“I’m proud of our guys ability to sustain over 40 minutes,” said Dollar. “(Utah Valley) is a tough team to play. They put a lot of stress on our defense but led by our seniors, we stuck with it. This time of the year, that’s what you want to see – consistency through the entire game.”
SSU player of the week
There were plenty of candidates for this award, however, it is the 18 points that Kavas had off the bench to power this team to victory that impressed us most. Kavas had been quite the find in January, averaging double-digits, however, last week he went 4-17 from the field. That looks to have been just a momentary lapse as he has found his game and is back up to his old antics.
Next side up
Thu, Feb 09 Chicago State Chicago, Ill. 5:00 p.m.
The first of two road games, the Redhawks face a Chicago State team that they beat at home back on January 14th. Freshman Matej Kavas exploded for a career-high 24 points as the Redhawks cruised past the Cougars 65-50.
Sat, Feb 11 UMKC Kansas City, Mo. 5:00 p.m.
Seattle U looks for revenge against the University of Missouri, Kansas City this Saturday. Westendorf and Kavas were bright spots offensively for Seattle U scoring 20 and 14 points respectively. But, the UMKC Kangaroos finished shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 20-for-26 from the free-throw line to win 84-68. The Redhawks were undone by poor free throw shooting hitting a paltry10-of-18 (55.6 percent). The Redhawks will need to do a lot better as they face this dangerous Roos squad.
|New Mexico State||8-0||22-2|
|UT Rio Grande Valley||2-6||10-15|