CHICAGO – (Feb. 10) Five players scored in double figures Saturday afternoon at the Jones Convocation Center as Seattle University men's basketball hung on for a 91-81 win at Western Athletic Conference rival Chicago State.
Seattle U improved to 17-9 overall and 6-3 in WAC play while the Cougars fell to 2-25 on the season, 0-10 in the WAC.
The Redhawks built a big first-half lead, shooting 52 percent from the field and 47 percent from three. After hitting just six threes in each of the last two games, the Redhawks had eight in the first half against the Cougars.
"We played a pretty first half, but there was zero flow in the second," said Head Coach Jim Hayford. "It was tough to get rhythm going in the second half and, give Chicago State credit, they came back out and made a game of it."
The second half saw 34 total fouls called and the teams shot a combined 51 attempts from the charity stripe.
The Cougars used a 10-0 run to pull within 10, 50-40 with 14:07 to play. The Redhawks would push the lead back to as many as 23, including a 77-54 advantage with 7:33 to go. But Chicago State would not go away, getting to within seven with under a minute to go.
Second half play by Morgan Means and Josh Hearlihy helped the Redhawks maintain their lead. Means would finish with 15 of his 17 points in the second half, including a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. Hearlihy scored 14 of his 17 points in the second frame, hitting 8-of-10 from the charity stripe, along with three triples.
"You would hope that come back out in the second half playing the same way you just did, but that comes from having experience like this," said Hayford. "You cannot relax, you've got to keep going."
Seattle U finished the game hitting 52 percent from the field and nearly 72 percent from the free-throw line (28-of-39). They also finished with 11 threes, hitting double digits for the first time in four games.
Rounding out Seattle U's five players in double-figures were Kavas with 14 and Scott Ulaneo with 10.
The Redhawks return home next week, hosting their final two regular-season home games. The homestand begins Thursday, Feb. 15 as Seattle U hosts UTRGV at 7 p.m. in the Connolly Complex. The game will stream live on the WAC Digital Network and can be heard live on KTTH 770 AM.