ELGIN BAYLOR CLASSIC: The home schedule for the Seattle University men’s basketball team begins Wednesday with the Elgin Baylor Classic, as the Redhawks host the Cal State Fullerton Titans. Elgin Baylor will be in attendance and will be recognized on the court before the game. The Redhawks look to rebound off their season-opening loss to the Washington Huskies. However, they will face a Cal State Fullerton team coming off a convincing victory at Montana State over the weekend.
WHERE TO FIND THE GAME: 770 AM KTTH will broadcast all Seattle U men’s basketball games live, with Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr. courtside starting with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m. Sunday. The game will also be shown on ROOT Sports Northwest with Brad Adam, Bill Krueger, and Jen Mueller on the call.
THE WASHINGTON GAME: Seattle University pulled out to a 10-point lead in the first half and then, after Washington made a run at the end of the half to go ahead, rallied to tie the game early in the second half before the Huskies used a significant free throw advantage to defeat the Redhawks, 88-78, Sunday night at Alaska Airlines Arena. Isiah Umipig, in his first collegiate game since the end of the 2011-12 season, led the Redhawks with 22 points, while Clarence Trent notched a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, plus he blocked two shots. Deshaun Sunderhaus contributed 11 points and D’Vonne Pickett Jr. added nine points and four assists as Seattle U shot 44.8 percent (30-of-67) from the field, including 7-of-21 from behind the three-point line, and 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from the free throw line.
RED TIE ANNOUNCEMENT: During a timeout in the second half of Wednesday’s game, the honoree and chairpeople for the 2014 Red Tie Celebration will be announced. The major fundraiser for Seattle University Athletics will take place Saturday, May 31, 2014 at The Grand Hyatt in downtown Seattle.
SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON: The Titans won their season opener last Saturday at Montana State, 84-55. Cal State Fullerton shot 53.6 percent from the field (30-of-56), including 9-of-18 from behind the three-point line, and 88.2 percent from the free throw line (15-of-17). The Titans committed only eight turnovers and won the rebounding battle, 35-26. Four players scored in double figures for Cal State Fullerton, led by guard Alex Harris with 20 points. Fellow backcourt player Michael Williams scored 14 points, while starting forwards Marquis Horne (13 points) and Jared Brandon (10 points) also contributed to the victory. Starting center Steve McClellan finished with nine points and a team-high six rebounds. Last season, Cal State Fullerton finished with a 14-18 overall record. Dedrique Taylor is in his first season as head coach of the Titans after serving as associate head coach at Arizona State.
SERIES HISTORY: This will be the second meeting all-time between Seattle U and Cal State Fullerton. The first meeting took place Dec. 16, 1985, in Fullerton, Calif., with the Titans cruising to a 91-39 victory over then-NAIA program Seattle U. For Seattle U, Scott Harris led the team with 14 points, while Kevin Bailey earned five rebounds and three assists. Kevin Henderson led the Titans with 20 points, while Henry Turner pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. The teams will meet again in California Saturday, Dec. 7.