SEATTLE - (Dec. 28) A one-possession game with 3:40 to play, the Seattle University men’s basketball team ran out of steam in a valiant second-half comeback effort, falling to UC Davis, 72-65, at KeyArena Wednesday night.
The game closed out an eight-game homestand for the Redhawks, who went 5-3 during the stretch and now sit at 7-7 overall. UC Davis improves to 7-7 overall.
Trailing by as many as 16 midway through the second half, Seattle U strung together a handful of runs late, pulling to within three, 61-58, following five straight points by William Powell.
The two teams went a combined 0-4 over the next four possessions and UCD would snap a nearly three-and-a-half-minute cold spell with two Chima Moneke free throws with two minutes to go. The Redhawks would get no closer.
UC Davis was led by Moneke with 22 points and 12 boards. Brynton Lemar chipped in 20 points as the only other Aggie in double figures.
A sloppy first half saw 23 combined turnovers between the two teams. Trailing 16-9, the Redhawks put together a 9-2 run, capped by an Aaron Menzies layup that knotted the score at 18-18 with 9:08 to play in the half.
But the Aggies responded quickly with six straight points, including a Lawrence White dunk that forced SU Head Coach Cameron Dollar to call a time out. The UCD run would stretch to 10 straight, however, before William Powell scored on a putback with 5:34.
A 15-2 run over nearly six minutes opened up a 13-point, 33-20 advantage for the Aggies, and they would lead by as many as 14 in the frame. Back-to-back buckets from Powell trimmed the spread down to single digits in the final minute, but UCD’s Brynton Lemar drained a three just before the buzzer to give the visitor a 39-27 advantage at the break.
The Aggies would score the first bucket of the second half, but a 7-0 Seattle U run got the home team rolling. The Redhawks would cut it to four twice, including 45-41 with 14:00 to play, and an8-0 run including two Moore triples, make it 58-50 UCD with 7:02 to play.
Seattle U pieced together one final run - eight straight points that included a Powell acrobatic layup plus the and-one free.
Menzies, the Redhawks' 7-3 center, finished with four points in seven minutes in the first half. He would however leave the game early due to a foot injury.
The Redhawks hit the road for their final game of 2016, and of their non-conference slate, traveling to face UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Dec. 30. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Thunderdome. The game can be heard on KTTH 770 AM and mynorthwest.com.