SEATTLE - (Jan. 12) Seattle University men’s basketball got 20 points from Brendan Westendorf and a career-high 16 from Matej Kavas, but the Redhawks could not overcome a hot UMKC squad, falling 84-68 to the ‘Roos Thursday night in Western Athletic Conference action at KeyArena.
Westendorf and Kavas were bright spots offensively for Seattle U (8-9, 0-2 WAC) from the get-go with 14 and 11 points apiece in the first half. Five straight points by Kavas and a free throw by Westendorf helped SU open up its largest lead of the first half, 19-13, with 11:02 remaining.
The Redhawks would lead by six once more, but the tide would soon turn as the ‘Roos rolled off 16 straight points, including three triples by Kyle Steward, to go ahead 32-22 lead with 5:39 remaining in the half. It was a lead they would never relinquish.
“You have to give (UMKC) credit for coming out and jumping on us pretty good,” said SU Head Coach Cameron Dollar. “We just couldn’t get it going. Even when we made some runs on offense, we just didn’t have our normal pop defensively. We were definitely disappointed overall with our performance.”
UMKC (9-10, 2-1 WAC) finished shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 20-for-26 from the free-throw line (76.9 percent). The ‘Roos also made good on 12 threes.
Steward finished with a career-high 21 points off the bench as three total 'Roos reached double figures.
The Redhawks made good on 43 percent from the field, but the league-leader from the charity stripe hit just 10-of-18 (55.6 percent).
The two-game WAC homestand concludes Saturday as the Redhawks host Chicago State at 7 p.m. at KeyArena and will be streamed live on the WAC Digital Network or heard on KTTH 770 AM and mynorthwest.com.