PORTLAND, Ore. – Seattle U men’s basketball improved to 10-3 to start the season for the first time in exactly 50 years with a 67-56 win at University of Portland Monday night at the Chiles Center in Portland.
The Redhawks (10-3) achieved the feat in déjà vu fashion to their 1968-69 counterparts, as the former Seattle U squad also beat Portland (6-7) for their 10th win of the season.
“The team was really ready to play tonight,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford. “We had three great days of practice after taking four days off for finals and the team really took pride in their preparation. We had balanced scoring, Myles had a terrific first half defensively and we won with good guard play.”
The current Seattle U team used a dominating 15-0 run to start the game and went on to lead 22-3 and 26-6 over the Pilots. Stifling defense held the Pilots to single-digits until the 4:40 mark of the first half when JoJo Walker hit a jumper to make it 26-11.
Matej Kavas responded with a three and a pair of Aaron Nettles free throws returned the Seattle U lead to 20, 31-11. Back-to-back threes by Morgan Means and Nettles pushed the lead to a game-high 21 points before the Redhawks eventually took a 39-22 advantage into the break.
After shooting better than 55 percent in the first frame, the Redhawks cooled in the second, hitting just 7-24 from the field (29.2 percent). But they also took advantage from the charity stripe, going 13-17 while the Pilots hit just 7-19 for the game.
Portland would make things interesting late as a 6-0 run trimmed Seattle U’s lead to just seven, 59-52, with 2:09 to play. But the Redhawks would hit 5-6 free throws down the stretch to hold the Pilots at bay.
“This was a solid team win,” Hayford said. “Road wins are special, especially any time you can beat a WCC team on the road. I’m really happy with the team and where we are at at this point.”
Four players finished in double figures led by Terrell Brown’s 17-point, 11-rebound double-double. Myles Carter added 11 points and 12 boards for his fifth double-double of the year. Means finished with 16 points and Kavas chipped in 11.
The Redhawks close out the calendar year at home in the Redhawk Center on Thursday, Dec. 20, hosting Prairie View A&M. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will stream live on the WAC Digital Network.