The Jackson State Tigers received timely shooting, plus the turnover bug hurt the Seattle University Redhawks, as Jackson State held on for a 91-82 victory over Seattle U in men's collegiate basketball action Monday night at KeyArena at Seattle Center.
Sterling Carter (Seattle, Wash.) came off the bench in the second half and provided a spark to the Redhawks, hitting six three-pointers on his way to a team-high 20 points. Luiz Bidart (Sao Paulo, Brazil) contributed 11 points off the bench, while Chad Rasmussen (University Place, Wash.) also scored 11 points and Deshaun Sunderhaus (Conyers, Ga.) pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds.
Jackson State (1-8) took an early 11-8 lead before Bidart hit back-to-back three-pointers to give the Redhawks a 13-11 advantage. Kelsey Howard responded with back-to-back long distance shots of his own to put the Tigers back on top, 17-13, but Seattle U responded with an 18-6 scoring run to take its biggest lead of the game at 31-23.
Down by seven with four minutes remaining in the first half, Jackson State outscored Seattle U, 8-3, to pull to within two at halftime, 37-35. After a layup by D'Vonne Pickett Jr. (Seattle, Wash.) gave the Redhawks a 41-37 lead early in the second half, the Tigers went on a 20-5 scoring run over the next four minutes, punctuated by a three-pointer from Howard, to pull out in front, 57-46.
Behind by 10 at 62-52, the Redhawks received back-to-back three-pointers from Rasmussen and Carter to close the gap, and then a tip-in by Prince Obasi (Reseda, Calif.) cut the Seattle U deficit to one at 64-63. Howard and Carter exchanged three-pointers, but the Redhawks missed four straight free throws that would have put the home team on top.
Three-pointers by Dundrecous Nelson and Howard, plus a fast break layup from Christian Williams, expanded the Tigers' lead to seven at 77-70 with less than five minutes remaining in the second half, but a three-pointer from Carter and a layup by Obasi cut the Redhawk deficit to two at 77-75. Back-to-back baskets by Sydney Coleman extended Jackson State's lead to eight, and two free throws apiece from Nelson and Williams iced the game for the Tigers.
Howard shot 12-of-19 from the field, including 6-of-10 from behind the three-point line, in scoring 32 points, while Nelson finished with 23 points and four steals. For the game, Jackson State shot 44.8 percent (30-of-67) from the field, including 9-of-23 from behind the three-point line, and 59.5 percent (22-of-37) from the free throw line.
"I thought we came out and competed early, but then had a stretch where they got some loose balls while our guys probably froze, the wheels fell off, and we were never able to get it going again," Seattle U head coach Cameron Dollar said. "We had a couple of chances to get back in it and get something going, but they would hit a big three or make a big free throw, and we could not plug enough holes to get it done."
Seattle U shot only 38.9 percent (28-of-72) from the field, including 11-of-28 from behind the three-point line, and 60.0 percent (15-of-25) from the free throw line. The Redhawks committed 28 turnovers, leading to 37 Jackson State points, offsetting a 58-41 rebounding advantage that included 24 offensive boards.
Seattle University (3-5) continues the five-game homestand Wednesday night, Dec. 19, against Northern Illinois starting at 7 p.m. at KeyArena. Tickets for the game are on sale online through Ticketmaster.com or the men's basketball ticket page on GoSeattleU.com.