SEATTLE - (Feb. 15) Men’s basketball returns home to Seattle for the final time this season, hosting a pair of Western Athletic Conference games in the Connolly Complex on the University campus. The final home stretch begins Thursday, Feb. 16 as the Redhawks (12-12, 4-5 WAC) face off against Grand Canyon (17-9, 6-3 WAC). The game will be streamed live on the WAC Digital Network and can be heard live on KTTH 770 AM (mynorthwest.com).
WHERE THEY STAND
With five games remaining on the regular-season slate, Seattle U enters the week with a 4-5 WAC record, which is good for fifth in the league standings. CSU Bakersfield overtook first place (8-1), New Mexico State is second (8-2), Grand Canyon is third (6-3) and UMKC is fourth (6-4). Lots of movement can still happen before the WAC Tournament in March, which will feature seven of the league’s eight teams (Grand Canyon is not eligible for postseason until 2017-18 due to their NCAA DI transition process). The first day of tournament action pits No. 4 vs. No. 5, No. 2 vs. No. 7 and No. 3 vs. No. 6. Tournament play begins March 9 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
A three-game win streak was snapped Feb. 11 as the Redhawks fell 102-72 at UMKC. The output by the Roos marked the lost points SU has given up in a game this season. Zack Moore had 18 points to lead the Redhawks in scoring. Morgan Means added 17 points for his first double-digit scoring output since pouring in 21 points on Dec. 19 versus Southern Utah. Emmanuel Chibuogwu chipped in 14. The game featured 55 total fouls and 58 total free-throw attempts. Westendorf is leading SU with 14.6 ppg in WAC play. Kavas is averaging 13.8 ppg during league action while Moore is adding 12.1 ppg. Seattle U is shooting better than 47 percent from the field in league play while holding opponents to 40 percent.
ABOUT THE SERIES VS GRAND CANYON
This with be the ninth all-time meeting between Seattle U and Grand Canyon, with the Lopes holding a 7-1 advantage in the series. GCU rallied to take this season’s first meeting in Phoenix. The Redhawks led for nearly 33 minutes, including holding the Lopes to just six points during the first 13 minutes of play. But costly turnovers in the final seconds and a cold spell offensively led to a 61-59 GCU win. Matej Kavas had 16 points off the bench and Brendan Westendorf added 15.
The first-ever meeting came during the 2002-03 season as GCU held on for a 78-77 win in Phoenix. The teams would not meet again until the 2013-14 season as rivals in the WAC. GCU stretched its win streak to five straight before the Redhawks snapped the streak with a thrilling 59-57 victory in Phoenix last year. SU rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit, capped by Emmanuel Chibuogwu’s go-ahead tip-in with seconds remaining. Brendan Westendorf led the Redhawks with 14 points while William Powell and Jack Crook chipped in 10 apiece. The Lopes did avenge the loss later in the season, winning 71-60 at KeyArena.
WAC TOURNEY TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets for the 2017 WAC Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament are on sale now. The tournament begins Wednesday, March 8 with the women's first round of play, followed by a full day of men's action on Thursday, March 9. The championship games will be contested on Saturday, March 11. Currently available for purchase are $125 all-session passes, which consist of entry into 12 games over six sessions. Single-session tickets will not be available for purchase until March 8 and can only be purchased through the Orleans Arena Box Office. To purchase your all-session pass today, contact the Seattle U Athletics Ticket office at 206-398-GOSU (4678) or purchase online at GoSeattleU.com/SUtickets.