SEATTLE – (Dec. 4) Seattle University men's basketball closed out a four-game homestand with a 99-69 win over Pacific Lutheran Monday night at the Connolly Complex.
The Redhawks went a perfect 4-0 in the homestand, improving to 5-0 at home this season and 6-4 overall.
Taking the court for a second consecutive night, Head Coach Jim Hayford mixed up the lineup, opting to rest seniors Jordan Hill, Richaud Gittens and Josh Hearlihy, and sophomore Matej Kavas. In their place, Morgan Means, Aaron Nettles, Jake Spurgeon, Mattia Da Campo and Scott Ulaneo earned the starting nods, while Aaron Menzies, Collin Huun and Brennan Corrigan saw minutes off the bench.
Menzies finished the night with a massive 32 points and 15 rebounds, shooting 14-of-16 from the field. Nettles drained six threes on his way to 20 points and Mattia Da Campo chipped in 15, including 10 in the opening six minutes of the game.
Means finished the night with a career-high 13 dimes to go along with nine points and two steals. Huun hit a trio of triples for nine points and Spurgeon added eight.
PLU was paced by Leighton Kingma's 14 points while Zac Webb added 12 points off the bench as the Lutes deployed 16 total players into the game.
Seattle U shot 50 percent from the field in the first half as it built a 44-24 lead at the break.
The Lutes began to heat up offensively in the second half, ultimately finishing 14-for-25 (56 percent) in the frame after managing just 7-of-26 (27 percent) in the first. The visitor would pull within 15, 71-56, with 8:30 to play before the Redhawks used a 19-5 run to put the game away.
"I thought the first half we played a really complete game, but our intensity really dropped in the second half," said Hayford. "We want to put a complete game on the floor every night. We'll take the next couple of days off as the guys finish up the academic quarter and then we'll start preparing for Saint Mary's on Saturday."
A true test faces the Redhawks on Saturday, as they head to Moraga, Calif., for a meeting with mid-major power Saint Mary's. Tip-off from McKeon Pavilion is set for 5 p.m. The game will stream live on the theW.tv and can be heard live on KTTH 770 AM.