SEATTLE – (Mar. 9) Seattle U men's basketball has advanced to the Western Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals and is set to face top-seed New Mexico State Friday at 8:30 p.m. at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The fourth-seeded Redhawks are coming off a 77-60 win over UTRGV Thursday night. The Aggies toppled Chicago State, 97-70. The game will stream live on ESPN and can be heard back in Seattle on KTTH 770 AM. The winner will advance to Saturday's championship game to face the winner of second-seed Utah Valley and third-seed Grand Canyon.
JOIN THE PREGAME RALLY!
Get primed to cheer on our Redhawk men’s basketball team in the WAC Tournament semifinals by joining your fellow Seattle U alumni, friends, family and fans at our pregame rally on the west concourse inside the Orleans Arena beginning at 7 p.m. Enjoy free food and drinks and appearances by Seattle U’s Redline, dance team and Rudy.
FOLLOW THE REDHAWKS
- Friday, Mar. 9 at 8:30 p.m. PT
- Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV
- Tournament Central
- Live Stats
- Listen on KTTH 770 AM
- Watch on ESPN3
ABOUT THE GAME
- No. 4 Seattle U (20-12, 8-6 WAC) vs. No. 1 New Mexico State (26-5, 12-2 WAC)
- All-time series - New Mexico State leads, 13-3
- Last meeting - Seattle U 73, New Mexico State 63 (Feb. 17, 2018 at KeyArena)
ABOUT THE SERIES
This will be the 17th meeting all-time between Seattle U and New Mexico State. The Redhawks won the most recent meeting between the two squads, a 73-63 overtime final on Feb. 17 at KeyArena. Jordan Hill led the way with 24 points and Josh Hearlihy added 19 in the win. The Aggies won this season’s first meeting, a 75-62 final in Las Cruces, N.M. Four Redhawks scored in double-figures in the loss, including 20 points from Matej Kavas, but SU could not overcome a 37-22 halftime deficit. NMSU won both meetings last season, including a 71-56 win at KeyArena on Jan. 26 and a 86-53 final at the Pan American Center on Feb. 25. NMSU holds a 13-3 advantage over the Redhawks in the all-time series.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Seattle U clinched its first Division I 20-win season since 1963-64 with a 77-60 victory over UTRGV on Thursday in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals.
- Five players scored in double figures in the win versus the Vaqueros, marking the eighth game this season the Redhawks have achieved the feat. They are 7-1 on the year when five players have reached double-digit points.
- The WAC Tourney win was the first since 2015-16 when the Redhawks beat UTRGV in the quarterfinals before falling to CSU Bakersfield in the semifinals. This marked Seattle U's fourth tournament win in six seasons.
- THe Redhawks last made the WAC Tournament title game in 2014-15, falling to New Mexico State, 80-61.
- Seattle U concluded the regular-season on Saturday, Mar. 3, falling 73-47 at Utah Valley. The Redhawks dropped their final three games of the regular-season, the first time this season they had lost three straight.
- Aaron Menzies has 37 blocks in his last 11 outings and ranks second in the WAC, averaging 2.1 per game for the season. His 71 blocks is an all-time Seattle U record, surpassing the previous record of 57, set by David White in 2006-07.
- As a team, the Redhawks have 113 blocks, the most for a single season in the program’s modern-day Division I history.
- Other modern-day DI team records set so far this season include 3-pters made (289) and FT% (74.4).
- The Redhawks closed out the home portion of their schedule on Feb. 17 with a huge 73-63 overtime win against WAC-leading New Mexico State. The win moved the Redhawks to 16-2 at home and a perfect 2-0 in overtime games this season.
- The win over the Aggies was No. 19 on the year, marking the most wins during the program’s modern day DI era while competing against a full DI slate of opponents. The Redhawks went 18-16 in 2014-15, including a pair of postseason wins in the CBI.