SEATTLE - (Dec. 15) Seattle University men’s basketball turned in a season-high 51 points in the first half against visiting Mississippi Valley State University and the Redhawks kept the Delta Devils at bay in the second frame to give Head Coach Cameron Dollar his 100th victory at SU, 82-67, Thursday night in the Connolly Complex.
The win was the Redhawks’ third straight, pushing them over the .500 mark at 6-5 on the season. MVSU dropped to 0-10, having played their entire non-conference slate on the road.
Senior Brendan Westendorf and sophomore Zack Moore drove the first-half surge as Seattle U went 17-for-30 from the field (56.7 percent) and 13-for-17 from the free-throw line (76.5 percent). Westendorf was a perfect 5-for-5 in the frame, finishing the half with 12 points. Moore had four field goals, including a trio of triples for 11 points.
It took less than eight minutes for the Redhawks to grab a double-digit lead as Moore hit back-to-back threes to put SU on top 19-7. The spread would hit 20 points on a Scott Ulaneo layup with 4:54 to go in the half.
A 13-0 Redhawk run capped by a pair of Matej Kavas free throws gave SU its largest lead of the night, 45-16, with three minutes remaining in the first. Seattle U would eventually take a 51-23 advantage into the break.
Dollar emptied his bench early in the second half as all 12 active players saw action on the night.
Moore finished with a team-high 15 points, Westendorf had 14 and Ulaneo was one point shy of a double-double, finishing with nine points and a game-high 10 boards. Aaron Menzies added nine points and William Powell had eight as 11 Redhawks scored. All told the Redhawks got 47 points off the bench.
Seattle U return to the hardwood at KeyArena on Monday, Dec. 19, hosting Southern Utah at 7 p.m.