EDINBURG, Texas - (Feb. 23) Seattle University men’s basketball completed a home-and-home season sweep of Western Athletic Conference rival UTRGV Thursday night in Edinburg, Texas. The Redhawks shot a blistering 70 percent from the field in the second half and 61 percent for the night, as they clinched an 86-77 victory.
Brendan Westendorf and Zack Moore led the way with 19 points apiece while Matej Kavas came off the bench to add 13 points and Emmanuel Chibuogwu chipped in 12. The Redhawks’ (13-14, 5-7 WAC) offense was firing on all cylinders as the team dished 21 assists on 26 total field goals. Seattle U also hit 11-of-22 from deep and went 23-of-26 from the charity stripe.
“That’s about as mature an effort as you can have on the road,” said Head Coach Cameron Dollar. “Led by our seniors, we shared the ball so well. Any time you get to the 21-assist mark, you are moving it well.”
Westendorf had five assists while William Powell and Chibuogwu had four each.
Seattle U scored the first eight points of the game and would lead for more than 37 minutes. A brief back-and-forth midway through the first half saw the Vaqueros up five, 13-8. But three straight threes by Chibuogwu, Kavas and Scott Ulaneo put the Redhawks back on top.
A Ulaneo three with 2:03 remaining in the opening frame made it a 12-point game - the largest lead of the half. UTRGV would whittle it down to six points, 39-33 at the break.
But after shooting better than 52 percent from the field in the first half, the Redhawks’ shooting percentage would do nothing but climb throughout the second. Swift ball movement found them quality looks in the paint and sent him to the free-throw line. They would shoot 14-for-20 from the field in the half, and all but three field goals were inside the three-point line.
At the other end of the floor, Seattle U limited the Vaqueros to just 38 percent from the field for the game. Nick Dixon finished with 18 points and Antonio Green added 13. UTRGV settled for 13-for-39 from three and managed just 14 points in the paint to Seattle U’s 20.
The Redhawks conclude the weekend WAC road trip Saturday, Feb. 25 at New Mexico State. Tip off from Las Cruces, N.M., is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT, 6:00 p.m. PT. The game will stream live on NMSU’s Aggie Access and can be heard live on KTTH 770 AM and mynorthwest.com.