HOME COOKING: Seattle University ends the first half of the conference schedule by opening a four-game homestand this weekend. The Redhawks host UTSA Thursday, Jan. 24, before welcoming Texas State to KeyArena Saturday, Jan. 26. These are important games for the Redhawks as they look to advance in the conference standings and establish positive momentum for the second half of the league schedule.
WHERE TO FIND THE GAMES: 770 AM KTTH The Truth will broadcast both games live, with Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr. courtside starting with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m. Pacific Time. Thursday's game will be shown on ROOT SPORTS, with Tom Glasgow (play-by-play), Bill Krueger (analyst), and Brad Adam (sideline) broadcasting live from KeyArena. Links to live video on Saturday and live stats for both games will also be available from the men's basketball schedule page at GoSeattleU.com.
LAST WEEKEND: Seattle University controlled last Thursday night's game from start to finish, holding UT Arlington to 25.8 percent shooting from the field as the Redhawks earned their first Western Athletic Conference victory of the season, defeating the Mavericks, 61-44, at College Park Center. Seattle U pulled out to a significant lead in the first half by holding UT Arlington without a field goal for seven-and-a-half minutes, outscoring the Mavericks 21-4 over that span of time. UT Arlington hit a couple of baskets early in the second half to close its deficit to 13 points, but the Redhawks responded with a 10-0 run to pull out to their largest lead at 55-31 with 5:27 remaining in regulation, holding the Mavericks without a field goal for almost nine minutes. After hitting 53.8 percent of its field goals in the first half (14-of-26), Seattle U made 61.1 percent of its second half field goal attempts (11-of-18) to earn the victory. Saturday night, behind a career-high 19 points from Clarence Trent, Seattle U stuck with the conference leaders for the vast majority of the night, but Louisiana Tech used a significant advantage from the free throw line to pull away late, 78-71. The Bulldogs were held to 36.2 percent (21-of-58) from the field, but Louisiana Tech hit 30-of-40 attempts from the free throw line. On the other hand, Seattle U made 11-of-18 free throw attempts to go along with 40.3 percent (27-of-67) shooting from the field.
SCOUTING UTSA: The Roadrunners come into Thursday's game with a 4-13 overall record, including an 0-7 record within the Western Athletic Conference. The Roadrunners are coming off a tough 81-78 overtime loss to in-state rival Texas State last Saturday. UTSA played some tough road games during the non-conference portion of the schedule, losing at BYU, at Oregon, and at Mississippi State. The Roadrunners are scoring 65.5 points per game and giving up 72.9 points per contest. In WAC games, UTSA is scoring 66.0 points per game while allowing 76.7 points per game. As a team in all games, UTSA is shooting 40.7 percent from the field, including 34.7 percent from behind the three-point line, and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. Kannon Burrage is leading the team in scoring, averaging 17.9 points per game overall, including 17.0 points per game in seven WAC contests. Jeromie Hill, averaging 13.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, has missed the last two games with a knee injury and is uncertain for this weekend's games. Michael Hale III is contributing 14.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game and is coming off a 44-minute performance against Texas State in which he finished with 31 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.
SCOUTING TEXAS STATE: The Bobcats come into the weekend with a 5-14 overall record, including a 1-6 record within the league. The Bobcats snapped a nine-game losing streak with Saturday's 81-78 overtime victory over in-state rival UTSA. The win over the Roadrunners was the Bobcats' first road victory of the season after losses at major college schools Texas and Northwestern. Texas State is scoring 70.5 points per game and giving up 76.2 points per contest. In WAC games, the Bobcats are scoring 64.9 points per game and allowing 78.3 points per game. As a team, Texas State is shooting 41.9 percent from the field, including 32.9 percent from behind the three-point line, and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. Joel Wright leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Wright has averaged 6.4 free throw attempts per game, making 78.5 percent of his opportunities from the charity stripe. Matt Staff is contributing 11.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. In Saturday's victory at UTSA, Reid Koenen came off the bench and shot 7-of-9 from the field, including 5-of-7 from behind the three-point line, and 4-of-4 from the free throw line to lead the Bobcats with 23 points.