SEATTLE - (Dec. 4) It wouldn’t be a men’s basketball game between Seattle University and Eastern Washington this season without an extra 10 minutes of action. But for the second time in less than two weeks, the Eagles had the final surge, handing SU a 93-88 double-overtime setback at KeyArena Saturday afternoon.
Bogdan Bliznyuk led all players with 32 points, including 14 in the two overtime periods, as Eastern Washington (6-2) hit 8-of-10 from the field and 13-of-14 from the charity stripe in the extra 10 minutes of play.
Seattle U (3-5) looked to have the Eagles’ number late in the first half and into the second frame, rolling off a 16-0 run 25-2 stretch over nearly 11 minutes of play. A Brendan Westendorf jumper at the 12:25 mark of the second half gave Seattle U its largest lead of the game, 47-33.
The Redhawks would lead by 14 once more, 50-36 with 10:05 to go. But the Eagles would slowly chip their way back into the game. A Jacob Wiley jumper with three minutes remaining in regulation made it a one-possession game, 56-53, in favor of the Redhawks. The teams would trade buckets down the stretch and a Morgan Means three had SU holding a 63-60 advantage with 30 ticks on the clock.
But EWU’s Felix Von Hofe drained a three of his own on the ensuing possession sending the teams into overtime for the second straight meeting.
The Eagles scored the first four points of the first extra period, but from there the teams would trade buckets. A free throw by Means, a layup by William Powell and two free throws by Westendorf gave SU a 72-71 advantage.
Bliznyuk would respond for Eastern with four straight points, but Means would answer once again with a huge three from the left corner, knotting the score at 75-75 and forcing a second extra period.
The corner three was seemly Seattle U’s last gasp, however, as the Redhawks went 5-for-14 from the field in the final five minutes, including 1-of-8 from three. EWU hit 3-of-4 from the field and then turned to the charity trip to finish things off. After making just 10 trips to the line int he game’s first 45 minutes, the Eagles went 13-for-14 in the final five.
Brendan Westendorf led Seattle U with a career-high 26 points to go along with six assists. He was one of four Redhawks in double figures as Powell (19 points), Aaron Menzies (18 points) and Means (14 points) also reached double-digits. Powell and Menzies also each finished with double-doubles as the duo combined for 26 rebounds.
Seattle U is back in action Saturday, Dec. 10, returning to the Connolly Complex on campus to host Great Falls. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.