SEATTLE - (Dec. 19) Seattle University men’s basketball made it four straight and five wins in their last six games, defeating Southern Utah University, 89-75, Monday night in KeyArena.
The Redhawks move to 7-5 on the season heading into Thursday’s showdown with crosstown rival Washington. Southern Utah drops to 2-10 overall.
A true team effort on both ends of the court, Seattle U had five players finish in double figures as the squad hit better than 58 percent from the field, including 61 percent in the second half, while holding the Thunderbirds to a 37 percent clip.
Morgan Means led the way with 21 points, going a perfect 5-for-5 from the field, including 3-for-3 from deep, and 8-for-10 from the free-throw line. Big man Aaron Menzies finished with 20 points and Brendan Westendorf had 13, all in the second half. The senior was a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe, extending his current streak to 13 straight.
James McGee was the lone bright spot for Southern Utah, finishing with a game-high 27 points. but the Redhawk defense held leading scorer Randy Onwuasor (22.4 ppg) to just three field goals and 12 points, all in the second half.
The teams traded five lead changes and held three tie scores early in the game and SSU took an 18-13 lead with 11:01 remaining in the first half. But that was the last lead the visitors would see. Moore hit a three and Emmanuel Chibuogwu scored five straight points to quickly put SU back on top, 21-18, with 7:23 to go.
The Redhawks would run off 13 straight points, capped by a pair of Menzies free throws to go ahead 26-18. SUU would briefly get within four, but a Moore three pushed the spread into double-digits, 37-26, before the Redhawks took a 37-29 advantage into the break.
After hitting an efficient 13-for-23 (56.5 percent) from the field in the first half, Seattle U only got better in the second, going 11-for-18 (61 percent). A 9-0 run midway though pushed the spread to a game-high 19, 67-48.
The Thunderbirds would not go away, trimming the spread down to single digits with 1:33 to go, but Seattle U was phenomenal from the charity stripe late, going 12-for-14 down the stretch to seal with win.
Seeking a fifth straight win for the first time since the middle of last season, the Redhawks host the University of Washington on Thursday, Dec. 22 in the Elgin Baylor Classic at KeyArena. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the Seattle U Athletics box office at 206-398-4678 or online at goseattleu.com/sutickets.