The Seattle University men's basketball team overcame its struggles on the offensive end of the floor, using defense and rebounding to hold off Pacific Lutheran, 58-49, Wednesday night at KeyArena at Seattle Center.
Clarence Trent (Tacoma, Wash.) was the only Redhawk to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with 17 points to go along with five rebounds, two assists, and three steals. Deshaun Sunderhaus (Conyers, Ga.) and Sterling Carter (Seattle, Wash.) finished with nine points and seven rebounds apiece, with Prince Obasi (Reseda, Calif.) contributing seven points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Seattle U took a 10-5 lead three minutes into the game, but Pacific Lutheran battled back to within one at 13-12 thanks to seven consecutive Lute points scored by Cameron Schilling. The Redhawks started to pull away from the Lutes in the final seven minutes of the first half, going on a 10-3 scoring run to go into the locker room ahead at halftime, 30-19.
Pacific Lutheran (0-3) cut the Redhawk lead to five at 33-28 early in the second half thanks to back-to-back three-pointers by Andrew Earnest, but Seattle U responded with 10 unanswered points to extend its lead to 43-28 eight minutes into the second half. A layup by Schilling and consecutive three-pointers by Earnest brought Pacific Lutheran to within seven, but a layup by Sunderhaus and a dunk from Allen Tate (Hobbs, N.M.) once again established a double-digit lead for the Redhawks.
Down by 10 points with just over six minutes remaining in regulation, Pacific Lutheran received a basket by Schilling and a three-pointer from Daniel Landram to cut its deficit in half. The Redhawks put the game away with layups by Louis Green (Westchester, Ill.) and Obasi, followed by a dunk from Trent with 2:12 left in the second half.
Earnest hit six three-pointers in the second half, scoring 20 of his game-high 22 points after halftime, while Schilling finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. For the game, Pacific Lutheran shot 34.5 percent from the field (19-of-55), including 9-of-23 from behind the three-point line, plus the Lutes committed 22 turnovers.
The Redhawks shot 41.2 percent from the field (21-of-51), including 7-of-17 from behind the three-point line, and 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from the free throw line. Seattle U won the rebounding battle, 41-30, offsetting 22 turnovers.
"I give PLU a lot of credit tonight, they hit some key shots to keep the game close," Seattle U head coach Cameron Dollar said. "We practiced well after the cross country trip, but offensively we didn't perform well. Defensively, I was pleased with our effort. I thought we did a good job on that end, as well as a decent job on the boards."
Seattle University (2-1) will take Thanksgiving Day off before four days of practice to prepare for next Wednesday's game at Stanford starting at 7 p.m. The game on Nov. 28 will be shown live on Pac-12 Network Bay Area as well as on www.pac-12.com, with Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr. broadcasting the game on 770 AM KTTH starting with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m.