Seattle University shot the ball well in the first half to take the lead, and then depended on its defense in the second half to hold off Pepperdine as the Redhawks earned an 81-70 victory Thursday night at KeyArena.
Cervante Burrell (Sacramento, Calif.) enjoyed the best free throw shooting day by a Redhawk in over six years, hitting all 11 of his free throw attempts as he finished with 19 points, five rebounds, and seven assists. Aaron Broussard (Federal Way, Wash.) collected 17 points, while Sterling Carter (Seattle, Wash.) hit four three-pointers on his way to a 16-point performance. Clarence Trent (Tacoma, Wash.) contributed nine points, five rebounds, and two blocked shots, and Eric Wallace (Winston-Salem, N.C.) accumulated eight points, eight rebounds, and five blocked shots.
"We shot the ball well in the first half to give us the lead," Seattle U head coach Cameron Dollar said. "Although we did not shot it as well in the second half, our defense still played tough and allowed our offense to get back in rhythm late in the game."
Pepperdine (8-18) hit three three-pointers, two of them by Corbin Moore, to take a 9-2 lead one-and-a-half minutes into the game, but two three-pointers by Carter and one from Chad Rasmussen (University Place, Wash.) keyed a 13-2 Redhawk run to give the home team a 15-11 advantage. Seattle U went on a 14-1 scoring run over a three-minute span to pull ahead, 32-21, but the Waves fought back, as Taylor Darby scored six points during a 10-2 run to close their deficit to three at 36-33.
Carter hit a three-pointer early in the second half to extend Seattle U's advantage to 10 at 46-36, but Pepperdine scored 13 unanswered points, all by the combination of Moore and Darby, to take a 49-46 lead five minutes into the second half. After Moore hit a layup to put the Waves ahead, 53-52, with 13:04 left in the second half, the Redhawks held Pepperdine scoreless until there was 3:23 remaining in regulation, scoring 14 straight points for a 66-53 advantage.
Pepperdine started fouling Seattle U with two minutes left in the second half, but the Redhawks did not allow the Waves to come any closer than seven points back, hitting 13-of-14 attempts from the charity stripe down the stretch. For the game, Seattle U shot 45.0 percent (27-of-60) from the field, including 8-of-20 from behind the three-point line, and 79.2 percent (19-of-24) from the free throw line, plus committed only nine turnovers, the least in a game for the Redhawks this season.
Darby and Moore scored 20 points apiece, with Darby pulling down a game-high nine rebounds and Moore hitting four three-points plus grabbing six rebounds of his own. Jordan Baker contributed 11 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Pepperdine shot 38.7 percent (24-of-62) from the field, including 9-of-25 from behind the three-point line, and 65.0 percent (13-of-20) from the free throw line, plus the Waves won the rebounding battle, 42-36.
Seattle University (9-14) will look to extend its three-game overall winning streak and five-game home winning streak Monday, Feb. 20, against UC Davis starting at 7:10 p.m. at KeyArena. Tickets for each of the three remaining home games are available through Ticketmaster and at the KeyArena Box Office.