In a true team effort, eight different Seattle University players earned at least six points as the Redhawks earned their first road win of the 2012-13 season with a 75-69 victory over Eastern Washington Monday night at Reese Court.
Chad Rasmussen (University Place, Wash.) hit four three-pointers as he led the team with 16 points, while Clarence Trent (Tacoma, Wash.) finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. Deshaun Sunderhaus (Conyers, Ga.) scored all 10 of his points in the second half, and Prince Obasi (Reseda, Calif.) contributed nine points and a team-high seven assists.
The first half featured a series of scoring runs, starting with Seattle U scoring seven of the first eight points of the game, highlighted by a banked-in three-pointer from Obasi. Eastern Washington went on a 14-2 run over the next four minutes, including three-pointers by Justin Crosgile and Thomas Reuter, to pull ahead, 15-9.
A three-pointer from Trent and baskets by Allen Tate (Hobbs, N.M.) and Obasi gave Seattle U a 16-15 lead, but a layup by Martin Seiferth put the Eagles back on top, 18-16. A traditional three-point play by Rasmussen put the Redhawks ahead for the rest of the first half, and two three-pointers from Rasmussen helped Seattle U hold on for a 33-30 halftime advantage.
D'Vonne Pickett Jr. (Seattle, Wash.) and Sunderhaus started the second half with back-to-back baskets, but five straight points by Crosgile cut the Eagle deficit to two at 37-35. A three-pointer by Jordan Hickert brought Eastern Washington within two once again, but Rasmussen capped off a 7-0 Redhawk scoring run with a three-pointer to extend Seattle U's lead to nine at 48-39.
A jumper by Luiz Bidart (Sao Paulo, Brazil) gave Seattle U its biggest lead of the game at 63-51 with just over nine minutes left in the second half, but Eastern Washington kept fighting back, coming within five at 69-64 with 1:15 remaining in regulation. The Redhawks went 4-for-6 from the free throw line in the final minute to solidify the victory.
Pickett earned eight points, four rebounds, and three assists, while Tate, Bidart, and Jarell Flora (Bremerton, Wash.) finished with six points apiece off the bench. Flora also pulled down six rebounds and earned a team-high three steals in the game, and Bidart played 22 minutes for the Redhawks in a key role during the night.
Eastern Washington (2-7) was led by Crosgile with 15 points and five assists, with Parker Kelly scoring 14 points and Venky Jois notching a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Eagles shot only 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from the field, including 6-of-27 from behind the three-point line, but they stayed in the game thanks to a 21-for-32 effort from the free throw line.
The Redhawks enjoyed their best shooting night of the season, hitting 50 percent (30-of-60) of their field goal attempts in the game, plus they cut down on their turnovers, committing 18 that resulted in only 12 Eagle points. Seattle U won the rebounding battle, 43-37, with each team picking up 11 offensive rebounds.
Seattle University (3-3) begins a five-game homestand with the annual crosstown matchup against the University of Washington Thursday, Dec. 13, at KeyArena at Seattle Center starting at 7 p.m. Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr. will broadcast the game live from courtside on 770 AM KTTH The Truth, and the contest will also be shown live on ROOT SPORTS with Tom Glasgow, Lenny Wilkens, and Jen Mueller. Tickets for the game are available online at GoSeattleU.com and Ticketmaster.com.