BOULDER, Colo. - (Nov. 14) Seattle University men’s basketball battled toe-to-toe for 20 minutes with the University of Colorado Monday night at the Coors Events Center. Leading 13-7 early and holding a 31-31 tie at the break.
But a cold shooting spell, coupled with some big buckets by the Buffaloes (2-0) sent the Redhawks (1-1) to a 67-55 setback in the first of four road games as part of the 10th Annual Legends Classic.
“We had some looks there and we just couldn’t capitalize,” said SU Head Coach Cameron Dollar. “We fought hard on the defensive end, weathered them having some success, but we have to be able to score more than we did tonight.
“I am proud of our effort overall,” Dollar continued. “We battled and competed all night long.”
A Zack Moore three with 10:28 to go in the first half gave Seattle U its largest lead of the game, 19-11, and tenacious defense caused Colorado to call back-to-back timeouts.
But the Buffs came back on the court and immediately put together an 8-0 run, knotting the score at 19 apiece. From their, neither team would lead by more than three in the half, and a pair of Westendorf free throws closed out the period with the core tied 31-31.
A pair of William Powell free throws put SU ahead to start the second half, but Colorado slowly began to open up the game, outscoring the Redhawks 16-4 over the first eight minutes.
A Westendorf three inside seven minutes to play trimmed the Colorado lead to five, 52-47. Wesley Gordon responded for CU with a jumper, but Westendorf answered once again, draining a baseline three while being fouled. The senior sank the and-one free throw to bring the Redhawks within three, 54-51, with six minute remaining.
Seattle U would neg no closer, however, as back-to-back threes by Josh Fortune opened back up an eight-point advantage with less than three minutes remaining.
Westendorf finished with a game-high 17 points, but was the only Redhawk in double figures. Emmanuel Chibuogwu chipped in nine points and freshman Scott Ulaneo had a solid performance off the bench, adding seven points and 11 boards.
The Redhawks shot just 30 percent from the field for the game, including 6-of-32 from three. Defensively, however, they used 11 steals to help force 19 CU turnovers. The Buffs also managed just 17 percent from beyond the arc (3-for-18) three days after hitting better than 61 percent in a win over Sacramento State.
Seattle U’s five-game road trip, and Legends Classic play, continues Wednesday as the Redhawks head to South Bend, Ind., to face Notre Dame. Tip off from Purcell Pavilion is set for 7 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Pacific. The game will air on the ACC Network Extra. Live audio is available on KTTH 770 AM.