RECOVERY SESSION: After Saturday's loss at Virginia, Seattle University returns to familiar surroundings this week, welcoming Pacific Lutheran to KeyArena Wednesday night for a pre-Thanksgiving contest. The Redhawks put their nine-game home winning streak on the line against the Lutes.
WHERE TO FIND THE GAME: 770 AM KTTH The Truth will broadcast the game live, with Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr. courtside starting with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m. Live stats and video will be available on the Seattle University athletics website, GoSeattleU.com.
THE VIRGINIA GAME: Nothing went right for Seattle University as the Virginia Cavaliers went on a significant scoring run in the first half and cruised to an 83-43 victory over the Redhawks Saturday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va. Deshaun Sunderhaus hit a three-pointer and Louis Green made a basket to give Seattle U a 6-3 lead three minutes into the game, but Virginia would take over, outscoring the Redhawks 41-7 over the final 17 minutes of the first half. Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell combined to score the first nine points of the run, and the rest of the Cavaliers joined in, as Virginia hit 15-of-29 shots from the field and 10-of-11 attempts from the free throw line before halftime. On the other hand, Seattle U was held to 20 percent shooting (5-of-25) from the field and committed 12 turnovers in the first half, leading to 22 Virginia points. For the game, the Redhawks committed 19 turnovers and shot 25.4 percent (15-of-59) from the field, including 5-of-19 from behind the three-point line, and 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from the free throw line. Sunderhaus led the Redhawks with nine points and six rebounds, while Sterling Carter and Chad Rasmussen each hit two three-pointers to finish with eight points apiece. Allen Tate pulled down six rebounds, but Seattle U, one of the best rebounding teams in the country last season, collected only 29 boards as Virginia won the rebounding battle with 41 rebounds.
SCOUTING PACIFIC LUTHERAN: The Lutes come into Wednesday's game with an 0-2 record, losing to UT Dallas and New Hope Christian at last weekend's Doug McArthur Classic in Tacoma. Pacific Lutheran is averaging 65 points per game and giving up 73 points per contest. As a team, PLU is shooting 44.4 percent from the field, including 40.5 percent from behind the three-point line, and 68.0 percent from the free throw line. Andrew Earnest leads the team with 14.0 points per game, hitting 8-of-16 shots from behind the three-point line. Cameron Schilling is contributing 12.5 points per game, while Kai Hoyt has 12.0 points and a team-high 6.0 rebounds per game, hitting 12-of-15 shots from the free throw line.
SERIES HISTORY: In official meetings through the years, Pacific Lutheran holds a 30-24 advantage over Seattle University. In Seattle U recorded history, these teams first met in the 1945-46 season, with Pacific Lutheran winning three of the four games during the year. PLU won seven of eight meetings between 1947 and 1951 before Seattle U started a seven-game winning streak, concluding with a victory during the historic 1957-58 campaign. The two teams did not meet again until the 1981-82 season. That started a stretch in which the teams met at least twice a year almost every season until the 1998-99 campaign. In the last regular season contests between the two schools before Wednesday's game, PLU defeated Seattle U in Tacoma during the 2001-02 season, 91-79, with Seattle U earning a 77-65 victory over Pacific Lutheran at the Connolly Center in 2002-03. The Lutes had served as the exhibition opponent for the Redhawks in each of the previous three seasons, with Seattle U winning all three games.