Aspiring to be one of the top mid-major programs in the country, Seattle University learned a lesson from one of this year's top programs, as Boise State executed its offense throughout the game on the way to an 87-64 victory over the Redhawks in men's basketball action Sunday afternoon at KeyArena at Seattle Center.
Clarence Trent (Tacoma, Wash.) led the Redhawks with 12 points and nine rebounds, six of those offensive boards. Deshaun Sunderhaus (Conyers, Ga.) and D'Vonne Pickett Jr. (Seattle, Wash.) each collected 11 points and seven rebounds, with Pickett also earning five assists and two steals.
"They (Boise State) had a good offensive game, but what impressed me more was the way they fought and scrapped for everything," Seattle U head coach Cameron Dollar said. "We are working every day to be that type of team. Our guys just have to trust the system and stay the course, and we will get better."
After Trent scored the first basket of the game, Boise State took control with 10 unanswered points, the first eight coming from Anthony Drmic. The Broncos extended their lead to 18-4 five minutes into the game thanks to a three-pointer by Jeff Elorriaga, but the Redhawks scored five quick points on a traditional three-point play from Prince Obasi (Reseda, Calif.) and a layup by Allen Tate (Hobbs, N.M.).
Boise State (6-1) went on a 12-2 scoring run over the next four minutes to expand its lead to 19 at 30-11 as Michael Thompson scored eight straight points, including back-to-back three-pointers. Down by 20 at 43-23 with 4:08 remaining in the first half, Seattle U scored the final six points before halftime on back-to-back baskets by Sunderhaus and a jumper by Louis Green (Westchester, Ill.) to pull to within 14 at 43-29.
The Broncos scored the first seven points of the second half as they shot 16-of-25 from the field after halftime, including 6-of-9 from behind the three-point line. For the game, Boise State hit 53.3 percent (32-of-60) of its field goal attempts, including 15-of-28 from behind the three-point arc, and committed only 10 turnovers.
Seattle U won the rebounding battle, 44-27, including 18 offensive boards for the Redhawks, but the home team committed 21 turnovers, leading to 31 Bronco points. As a team, Seattle U shot 40.0 percent (24-of-60) from the field, including 4-of-15 from behind the three-point line, and 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the free throw line.
Drmic shot 10-of-16 from the field, including 5-of-10 from behind the three-point line, to lead all players with 25 points, while Thompson hit all four of his three-point attempts on the way to a 19-point effort. Derrick Marks, coming off a 35-point game at #11 Creighton last Wednesday, added 14 points, three assists, and six steals.
Seattle University (2-3) will not play for a week, as the players take fall quarter finals. The Redhawks' next game is Monday, Dec. 10, at Eastern Washington starting at 6:05 p.m. Gary Hill Jr. will broadcast the game on 770 AM KTTH.
The next home game for Seattle U is Thursday, Dec. 13, against the University of Washington at 7 p.m. at KeyArena. Tickets for that game are on sale online through GoSeattleU.com or Ticketmaster.com.