SEATTLE – (Dec. 16) A second straight dominating second-half performance kept the Seattle University men's basketball team unbeaten at home as the Redhawks rallied past visiting Portland, 89-76, Saturday night at KeyArena.
After trailing by four at the half, 42-38, the Redhawks (8-5) shot better than 60 percent from the field and held the Pilots (4-7) to 43 percent, and just 1-for-7 from three, on their way to a 51-34 half and a dominating 13-point win.
"Tonight's game was a lot like Wednesday (versus Saint Martin's) where we ran into a very hot shooting team in the first half," said Head Coach Jim Hayford. "We were pretty good offensively in both halves and when we came back out and really laid into them defensively, we got separation."
Jordan Hill and Aaron Menzies led the charge offensively in the second half. Hill, who finished with a game-high 23 points, went 4-for-7 in the frame for 12 points. Menzies collected 10 of his 16 points in the second half, doing so in just eight minutes of action.
"Jordan had an incredible second half," said Hayford. "And we got eight great minutes from Aaron, both offensively and as an anchor to our defense."
Portland came out of the gates on fire in the first half, shooting nearly 61 percent from the field, including 7-of-10 from deep. The teams traded the lead 10 times in the frame as neither team would lead by more than four. A cold spell for the Redhawks late in the period, coupled with a D'Marques Tyson three with 10 seconds remaining had Portland on top 42-38 at the break.
But the tide would turn early in the second as Seattle U opened on an 11-2 run, quickly claiming a 49-44 lead four minutes in.
A Menzies dunk off a Hill assist at the 12:29 mark gave the Redhawks' their first double-digit lead, 60-50. The Pilots would get no closer than seven.
Seattle U's nine-game homestretch continues Tuesday, Dec. 19 against the Cal Bears. Tip-off from KeyArena is set for 7 p.m. The game will stream live on the WAC Digital Network and can be heard live on KTTH 770 AM.
The first 500 in attendance will receive a free ugly sweater t-shirt giveaway. Fans can take advantage of a special ticket deal - two general admission tickets for the price of one. Just use the promo code "2FOR1" when purchasing your tickets.