INTRASTATE BATTLE: Seattle University faces an intrastate rival this week that it has seen each year since returning to Division I. The previous games have been interesting, and this game will be important in shaping people's view of both squads. Wait, this isn't the Washington game, first the Redhawks need to focus on the Eagles of Eastern Washington. Seattle U is looking for its first win over Eastern Washington in Cheney since the 2008-09 season.
WHERE TO FIND THE GAME: 770 AM KTTH The Truth will broadcast the game live, with Gary Hill Jr. courtside starting with the pregame show at 5:50 p.m. The game will be televised in the eastern part of Washington on SWX (SWX Digital 6.2 in Spokane, 25.3 in the Tri-Cities & 23.3 in the Yakima area; Comcast 115; Davis Cable 514/81.2/12; Time Warner 306; Charter 287, Cable One 466; Northland Cable 115). It will also be streamed online at BigSkyTV.org.
THE BOISE STATE GAME: Boise State executed its offense throughout the game on the way to an 87-64 victory over the Seattle U Redhawks in men's basketball action last Sunday afternoon at KeyArena at Seattle Center. Clarence Trent led the Redhawks with 12 points and nine rebounds, six of those offensive boards. Deshaun Sunderhaus and D'Vonne Pickett Jr. each collected 11 points and seven rebounds, with Pickett also earning five assists and two steals. 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.
TICKETS FOR WASHINGTON GAME: Tickets are still available for the Dec. 13 game between Seattle U and Washington at KeyArena online through GoSeattleU.com or Ticketmaster.com.
SCOUTING EASTERN WASHINGTON: The Eagles come into Monday's game with a 2-6 overall record after losing in overtime to Idaho Thursday night, 81-79. Eastern Washington is averaging 75.5 points per game and giving up 83.8 points per contest. As a team, the Eagles are shooting 40.2 percent from the field, including 36.0 percent from behind the three-point line, and 64.3 percent from the free throw line. Justin Crosgile leads the team with 15.9 points and 6.1 assists per game, plus he has pulled down 6.1 rebounds per contest. Venky Jois is contributing 13.5 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game, and Martin Seiferth has added 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.8 blocked shots per game. Crosgile (St. Joseph's) and Seiferth (Oregon) are playing their first seasons at EWU after transferring from a Division I school and sitting out the 2011-12 season, with Jois is a freshman from Australia.
SERIES HISTORY: Seattle University and Eastern Washington will be meeting for the 18th time in history, with the Eagles holding a 10-7 series edge. Eastern Washington won the first seven meetings of the series: four in 1945-46, two in 1946-47, and one in 1948-49. Seattle University broke through with a 55-48 victory later in 1948-49 in Seattle. Seattle U swept the season series from Eastern Washington in 1951-52. It would be 34 years before the two schools resumed the in-state rivalry, with Seattle U opening the 1985-86 season with an 83-64 loss at Eastern Washington. After another 23 years, the Redhawks made the trip to Cheney and pulled out a 63-59 victory over the Eagles in overtime. The two schools split the season series over the next two years, with each team winning on its home floor. Last season, Seattle U defeated EWU, 91-78, at KeyArena, with Aaron Broussard scoring 34 points and Sterling Carter adding 26 points for the Redhawks.
FROM WAY DOWNTOWN: Sterling Carter has already moved into second place on Seattle U's all-time list for made three-pointers with 161, sitting behind only Aaron Waite (1988-92) with 239. He passed Jeff Nelson (1997-01) on the all-time list with his 161st career three-pointer last Sunday against Boise State. He hit 85 three-pointers in 2010-11, the third-highest single-season total in program history, and followed that up with the eighth-highest single-season total in school history with 69 three-pointers last season.
NCAA STATISTICS: Seattle U is tied for 10th in Division I in steals per game (11.0) and tied for 19th in the country in rebounds per game (42.0).
WAC STATISTICS: After the games played this past Thursday, Dec. 6, Deshaun Sunderhaus is sixth in the conference in rebounding with 7.8 boards per game, while Clarence Trent is eighth in the league with 6.8 rebounds per game. Prince Obasi leads the WAC in three-point field goal percentage, making five of six attempts (.833) so far this season. D'Vonne Pickett Jr. is fourth in steals with 2.20 steals per game,, with Sterling Carter tied for sixth with 2.00 steals per game and Allen Tate right behind them in a tie for eighth place with 1.80 steals per game. As a team, the Redhawks are first in the league in steals with 11.0 steals per game and tied for first in rebounding offense with 42.0 rebounds per game.
ALUMNI DOWNTOWN BREAKFAST: The Seattle University Office of Alumni Relations is sponsoring the 2012 Alumni Downtown Breakfast at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel Thursday, Dec. 13, featuring Cameron Dollar and Lorenzo Romar, the head men's basketball coaches at Seattle University and the University of Washington, hours before their two teams meet on the basketball court at KeyArena. The breakfast and panel discussion will be moderated by Steve Raible, co-anchor of KIRO 7 Eyewitness News and play-by-play voice of the Seattle Seahawks on 710 ESPN Seattle. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. The event is scheduled to run from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Metropolitan Room and Reception Area at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, located at 1400 6th Avenue. The doors will open at 6:30 a.m., and tickets will cost $40. For tickets to the breakfast, go to the website of Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/289600.