SEATTLE – (Nov. 30) Turning in one of its best defensive efforts of the season, Seattle University men’s basketball earned a 66-54 win over Kennesaw State Thursday night in the Connolly Complex.
Five players scored in double-figures for the Redhawks, who won their second straight and moved to an even 4-4 on the year. The Owls dropped to 1-7 on the year as the 54 points scored was the lowest allowed by Seattle U this season.
“This was a good win for us during a busy stretch,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford. “We executed our defensive game plan well and held one of the nation’s elite three-point shooters to just one attempt. I’m really proud of the guys tonight.”
Aaron Menzies had 14 points to pace the Redhawks, who shot 45.6 percent from the field and were a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe. Josh Hearlihy was just shy of a triple-double, finishing with 13 points, 10 boards and a game-high seven assists. Morgan Means and Richard Gittens added 12 points apiece while Matej Kavas chipped in 10.
James Scott paced the Owls with 16 points while Tyler Hooker added 10. Nick Masterson, who entered the night hitting 18-of-31 from deep on the season, went 0-for-1 from three and finished with six points.
The teams traded baskets early before a 7-0 Redhawk run opened up a 15-8 advantage with 12:36 remaining in the first half. Seattle U would never trail again.
Earning an 18-2 points-in-the-pain advantage, the Redhawks took a 31-24 lead into the break.
A 9-0 run capped by a Gittens three midway through the second half opened up a 49-32 advantage with 11:41 to play. The spread would balloon to 18 on a jumper by Menzies with 6:41 to go and never dip below 12 for the balance of the game.
Seattle U’s four-game home stretch continues Sunday, Dec. 3 against Eastern Washington, where Hayford spent the last six seasons before taking over the Redhawks program last spring.
“Sunday is going to be interesting,” Hayford said of the pending match-up. “There are amazing guys on both sides, it should be a really good basketball game.”
Tip-off from KeyArena is set for 1 p.m. The game will stream live on the WAC Digital Network and can be heard live on KTTH 770 AM.
Fans looking to attend the game can purchase a special “Family Four Pack” which includes four tickets plus a $20 concessions voucher. Visit goseattleu.com/sutickets to purchase your tickets and use the code “4PACK” to receive the special offer.