The Seattle University men's basketball team lost to the Utah State Aggies, 68-46, Saturday night in Western Athletic Conference action at KeyArena at Seattle Center.
D'Vonne Pickett Jr. (Seattle, Wash.) scored the first basket of the game, but that would be one of only two leads for the Redhawks all night, as Utah State quickly took control of the game with a 14-3 scoring run to pull ahead, 22-13, with 7:10 remaining in the first half. Baskets by Jarell Flora (Bremerton, Wash.) and Prince Obasi (Reseda, Calif.) closed Seattle U's deficit to five, but the Aggies finished the first half by outscoring the Redhawks 8-2 over the final four-and-a-half minutes to go into halftime with a 30-19 lead.
Utah State (16-5, 7-4 WAC) shot 56.5 percent from the field in the second half, led by 12 points from Jarred Shaw and 11 points by Spencer Butterfield after halftime. After two free throws by Chad Rasmussen (University Place, Wash.) brought Seattle U to within 10 at 36-26, the Aggies extended their lead to as much as 24 points thanks to consistent rebounding, winning the battle of the boards 44-25 at the end of the night.
Rasmussen was the only Redhawk to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with 10 points, while Flora contributed eight points off the bench. Obasi and Pickett dished out four assists apiece, and T.J. Diop (Queensland, Australia) led the team with a season-high six rebounds.
Shaw finished the night with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Butterfield notched a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. TeNale Roland contributed 12 points and four assists off the bench, Marcel Davis collected 11 points, and Ben Clifford pulled down 10 rebounds during the contest.
The Redhawks shot just 31 percent (18-of-58) from the field, including 2-of-20 from the three-point line, and earned only five offensive rebounds, all coming in the second half. Seattle U committed only 10 turnovers and shot 80 percent (8-of-10) from the free throw line. For the game, Utah State shot 47.2 percent (25-of-53) from the field, including 7-of-17 from behind the three-point line, and 84.6 percent (11-of-13) from the free throw line.
Seattle University (7-14, 2-9 WAC) hits the road next weekend to face two of the top teams in the conference, starting Thursday, Feb. 7, with a game against Denver at 7 p.m. local time (6 p.m. Pacific time) that will be televised by ROOT SPORTS. The Redhawks then head to Las Cruces, N.M., for a game against New Mexico State Saturday, Feb. 9, also at 7 p.m. Mountain time (6 p.m. Seattle time) in a contest available on ESPN3.com.
The final two home games for Seattle U will take place Thursday, Feb. 14, against current WAC leader Louisiana Tech and Saturday, Feb. 16, against UT Arlington, both starting at 7 p.m. at KeyArena. The Feb. 16 game will be Senior Night, and tickets for both contests are on sale online through Ticketmaster or the men's basketball ticket page at GoSeattleU.com.