CHENEY, Wash. - (Nov. 21) Aaron Menzies could not be stopped Monday evening at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. The 7-3 redshirt sophomore from Manchester, England, poured in a career-high 35 points on 12-of-15 shooting from the field and 11-of-14 from the charity stripe, leading the Seattle University men’s basketball team to an 81-75 overtime victory against Louisiana-Monroe in a Legends Classic match-up.
The Redhawks (2-2) advance to face host Eastern Washington, an 81-77 winner over Bryant, on Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. ULM (1-3) will face Bryant at 3:35 p.m.
Menzies performance topped his previous career-high of 21 points, scored on Dec. 17, 2015 against Northwest Indian College. The big man also turned in the first 30+ point performance for a Redhawk since Isiah Umipig poured in 30 points on March 13, 2015 against UMKC.
Senior William Powell also had a big night for the Redhawks, finishing with a career-high 22 points, including a perfect 12-of-12 from the charity stripe, and 10 boards for his first double-double of the season. Brendan Westendorf chipped in 11 points to give the Redhawks three players in double figures while Zachary Moore added nine points off the bench.
The big man took advantage inside from the get go, scoring six of Seattle U’s first 10 points as the Redhawks jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead. Menzies added a fourth two-pointer at the 14:30 mark, and Westendorf drained a three as SU extended its lead to 11, 15-4 just six minutes in.
A pair of Powell free throws at the 10:31 mark of the first half had SU leading 22-11, but the pesky Warhawks would work their way back into the game. A 10-0 run cut SU’s lead to just one, 22-21 with 6:29 on the clock. Powell and Menzies would respond with back-to-back buckets, halting the run. But a Travis Munnings layup for ULM closed out the half with Seattle U leading by just one, 32-31.
After shooting better than 56 percent in the opening frame, the Redhawks cooled in the second, managing just 9-of-23 from the field. But they made up for it at the free-throw line, going 12-for-15 in the frame.
ULM would take its first lead of the night on a Jordan Harris three with 12:39 to play. The teams would go on to exchange the lead three times and hold nine ties in the period. Trailing 64-62 with 30 seconds to play, Powell hit a jumper in the lane, and Munnings’ attempted game-winner would rim out, sending the game into overtime.
Emmanuel Chibuogwu opened the extra frame with a three and Menzies added his 31st and 32nd points to quickly put SU on top, 69-64. Following a pair of ULM free throws, Moore drilled his third three of the night and the Redhawks would hit 9-of-10 free throws down the stretch.