SEATTLE – Seattle University men’s basketball closed out its 2018 home slate in style, earning an impressive 102-64 victory over Prairie View A&M University in front of a packed house at the Redhawk Center Thursday. The win marked SU’s 11th of the season.
Three Redhawks finished in double figures with Myles Carter and Matej Kavas contributing 22 points each along with 18 from Morgan Means. All 14 players saw court time, with four freshmen playing alongside each other in the second half.
Seattle U (11-3) established its presence early. After a dominant road win Monday in Portland, the Redhawks brought the momentum back home using electric passing sequences and strong screens on offense to get multiple wide-open shots early. SU opened a 7-0 run in the first two minutes behind explosive dribbling from Means and hot shooting from Delante Jones.
Seattle U utilized tough defense to keep the Panthers (1-10) off the board, allowing only 21 points in the half and holding the visitors to 0-7 shooting from beyond the arch. Antione Lister led PVAMU with eight at the half.
“The guys had a great focus this week in both games,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford. “They really came out ready to play.”
Seattle U is a perfect 6-0 when they’ve kept the opponent to 30-39 percent field goal shooting.
Explosive offensive runs helped the Redhawks widen the gap. An 18-1 stretch allowed for a 28 point Redhawk advantage, 44-16, with 2:04 to play in the first frame.
Seattle U took a 51-21 lead into halftime. Kavas and Means were the catalysts with 12 and 11 points respectively. The home side shot 60 percent from the field.
The Redhawks continued the offensive pressure into the second half. A 9-0 run to open the frame built a 60-21 lead behind points in the paint from Carter and Terrell Brown and a triple from Means.
Three-point shooting was the engine powering the second half Redhawk offense. The home team shot 50 percent from the perimeter, with Kavas going 2-2, Means 3-4 and freshman Rip Economou shooting 3-6 in the second half.
PVAMU kept the Redhawks on their toes near the end of the half by getting to the free-throw line, going 8-8 in the final five minutes of play. Gary Blackston finished with 22 points for the visitors, five of which coming from the stripe.
All six freshmen saw court time, combining for an impressive 20-point outing powered from Riley Grigsby’s paint penetration and Economou’s three-point shooting.
“It was great to be able to play all 14 guys, with all 14 contributing something to the stat sheet,” said Hayford. “It’s exactly the kind of game you want heading in to the Christmas break.”
Seattle U iced the game out from there, finishing with an 11-3 record to close out the 2018 home season.
The Redhawks travel to the Bay Area to take on Cal on Saturday, Dec. 29 to open a four game road trip, carrying them in to the 2019 calendar year. Tip-off is set at 5:00 p.m.