GAMES #17 & #18: Seattle University returns home for two conference home games, starting with Thursday’s contest against the Bakersfield Roadrunners. That will be followed by a Sunday matinee against the Utah Valley Wolverines. Seattle U is coming off its first league victory of the season and now looks to defend its home court against two of the conference newcomers.
THE TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN GAME: In a wire-to-wire effort, Seattle University earned its first Western Athletic Conference win of the 2013-14 season, defeating University of Texas-Pan American, 64-46, Saturday evening at the UTPA Fieldhouse in Edinburg, Texas. Seattle U scored the first 11 points of the game, as Emerson Murray hit a three-pointer and Deshaun Sunderhaus made four straight baskets. Alex Majewski finally put UT Pan American on the board with a three-pointer five-and-a-half minutes into the contest, but Jarell Flora answered with his own three-pointer. The rest of the first half saw the two teams basically trading baskets, with the Broncs able to cut their deficit only to seven at 24-17 after a basket by Jamal Dantzler. The Redhawks would score the final six points of the first half, as Isiah Umipig assisted on baskets by Sunderhaus and Murray, and Luiz Bidart hit a jumper in the final minute to give Seattle U a 30-17 lead at halftime. Clarence Trent and Umipig opened the second half with consecutive three-pointers to extend Seattle U’s lead to 36-17, but five straight points by Shaquille Hines cut the Redhawk lead to 14 at 38-24. Seattle U responded with a 19-7 scoring run, featuring nine points from Umipig and six by Sunderhaus, to take its biggest lead of the game at 57-31, and the Redhawks would eventually complete the victory to snap their four-game losing streak. Sunderhaus notched his second double-double of the weekend, shooting 9-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line for 22 points along with 13 rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots. Umipig struggled from the field, but did his scoring damage from the free throw line in finishing with 16 points along with six rebounds and seven assists.