SEATTLE - (Dec. 12) On a night when when they went cold, hot and then cold again from the field, Seattle University men’s basketball made good from the free-throw line when it mattered most. Seniors Emmanuel Chibuogwu and Brendan Westendorf both sank a pair of shots from the charity stripe in the waning seconds of Monday night’s game versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff, giving the Redhawks a 63-58 win over the visiting Golden Lions in the Connolly Complex.
Seattle U (5-5) trailed 51-48 heading into the final four minutes of play, suffering from a nearly six-minute dry spell. Out of the unde- four media timeout, Aaron Menzies sank a pair of free throws and, following a UAPB (1-9) miss, Zack Moore drained his third three of the second half, putting SU on top, 53-51.
Powell hit one of two free throws to cap the six-point Seattle U run. But UAPB would answer with five straight points of their own, reclaiming a one-point, 55-54 advantage with under two minutes to play.
Powell drew a foul and hit both chances to tie the game for the 12th time, but the Golden Lions came back again, answering with a dunk by David Tillman to lead 58-56.
Menzies responded in kind with a dunk off a Chibuogwu pass, knotting the score at 58-58 with 50 seconds on the clock. It was all Redhawks in the final seconds as UAPB went 0-for-2 with a turnover and the Redhawks hit 5-of-6 from the line, including the final four from Chibuogwu and Westendorf.
Menzies led a trio of players in double-figures finishing with a game-high 13 points. The redshirt sophomore center also added 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Moore added 12 points and four rebounds off the bench, as did Scott Ulaneo, who was a spark off the bench in the first half. The freshman scored 11 of his 12 points in the first frame, going 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-5 from the free-throw line, helping Seattle U take a 30-26 lead into the break.
The Redhawks closed out the night shooting 40 percent from the field and 72 percent from the charity stripe. They managed just 5-of-25 from beyond the arc, but also held UAPB to just 3-of-18 from deep.
Ghiavonni Robinson had 12 points to lead the Golden Lions while Jaquan Lynch chipped in 10.
The Redhawks are back in the Connolly Complex on Thursday, Dec. 15, hosting Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m.