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SEATTLE – Seattle University men’s basketball (12-3, 0-0 WAC) rings in the New Year and Western Athletic Conference play on the road this week, traveling to face CSU Bakersfield (8-5, 0-0 WAC) on Thursday, Jan. 3. Tip-off from the Icardo Center in Bakersfield, Calif., is set for 7 p.m. The game will stream live on ESPN3 and online at watchespn.com. Fans can also tune in to KTTH 770 AM in Seattle or online at mynorthwest.com.

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HISTORIC START
Seattle U has opened the season with a 12-3 record through 15 games, marking the best start to a season in more than 50 years. The last time Seattle U had a better start than 12-3 was 1963-64. They went 13-2 through 15 games before picking up their third loss.

ABOUT THE SERIES VS CSU BAKERSFIELD
This will be the 20th meeting all-time between Seattle U and CSU Bakersfield, with the Roadrunners holding a 13-6 series advantage. The teams split the home-and-home series last season, each winning on their own court. The Redhawks snapped a five-game CSUB win streak with a 59-55 victory over the ‘Runners on Jan 26, 2018 at KeyArena. CSUB returned the favor with a 64-57 win in the Icardo Center on Feb. 24, 2018. CSU Bakersfield won the first three games of the series before Seattle U took the next four contests. The ‘Runners won the following four games between the two teams. The Redhawks snapped CSUB’s four-game winning streak with a 53-43 win at KeyArena Feb. 28, 2015.

LAST TIME OUT
The Redhawks closed out 2018 and non-conference play with a huge 82-73 win at Pac-12 member California on Dec. 29 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. The Redhawks improve to 12-3 overall, their best start to a year in more than 50 years, and 2-2 in games against the Pac-12 this year. Myles Carter led all scorers with a career-high 26 points. The big man added 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. Morgan Means finished with 24 points, including a perfect 16-16 from the free-throw line. Delante Jones added 16 points and Terrell Brown chipped in 10. After Cal scored the game’s opening basket, the Redhawks took over, using a 21-2 run over eight minutes to lead 21-4 with 11:45 to play in the first. Paced by Carter and Means, Seattle U went 9-12 during the stretch, while holding the Golden Bears to just 2-9 from the field. As the Redhawks built their lead, they held Cal scoreless for nearly five minutes. Cal would make things interesting in the second half, claiming a one-point lead twice, but a Jones three made it 59-53 with just under five minutes to play and four straight points from Carter began an 8-1 run that pushed the Redhawk lead back into double-figures with 2:18 to play. The Redhawks would then go 15-18 from the charity stripe in the final 1:36 to seal the road win.

CARTER EARNS SECOND WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Junior forward Myles Carter was been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 24-30. This is his second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and of his career. The Chicago native poured in a career-high 26 points to go along with 13 rebounds to lead Seattle U to an 82-73 win at California. Carter, who played all 40 minutes, shot 61 percent from the field as the Redhawks built a 21-4 lead early and withstood a late push by the Golden Bears to earn their second win over a Pac-12 school this season. Carter’s double-double was his sixth of the season as he collected his fifth 20+-point game. His 13 rebounds were one shy of his career high.

EYING 400
Seattle U Head Coach Jim Hayford entered the 2018-19 season with 380 career victories over the course of his 19-year career. His 20th season as a head coach is off to a strong start as the Redhawks sit at 12-3 through 15 games, bringing his career wins total to 392. Hayford now needs just eight more wins to hit the 400 mark for his career, as well as notch his second consecutive 20-win season at Seattle U. Hayford has 12 20+ win seasons during his career.

BACK-TO-BACK ROAD WINS
The Redhawks have back-to-back wins on the road following a 67-56 victory at Portland on Dec. 17 and an 82-73 victory at California on Dec. 29. This marks the first time Seattle U has won two consecutive road games since the 2015-16 season. That year, the Redhawks earned all three of their road victories in succession, winning at Chicago State (Jan. 9), at Utah Valley (Jan. 28) and at Grand Canyon (Jan. 30). Seattle U’s best road record in its modern-day DI era is 6-10, set during the 2009-10 season. They also earned five road win in 2013-14. The Redhawks are currently 2-2 on the road in 2018-19 with eighth remaining road contests to play.

REDHAWK RUNDOWN

  • Cal marks the fourth Pac-12 opponent for the Redhawks this season. Seattle U is 1-2 in three games against the Pac-12 so far this season. They dropped a 96-74 decision at Stanford on Nov. 6, then earned a big 78-69 win over Washington State on Nov. 14. They would drop a 70-62 final at Washington on Dec. 9. 
  • The 78-69 win over WSU on Nov. 14 marked the first win against a Pac-12 member since Mar. 23, 2015 when the Redhawks defeated Colorado, 72-65, at the Redhawk Center in the second round of the CBI.
  • The Redhawks have won every game this season (12-0)  when they have led at halftime and out rebounded their opponent.
  • Myles Carter and Terrell Brown each collected double-doubles at Portland on Dec. 17, marking the third time this season that multiple players had double-doubles in the same game. Carter and Matej Kavas achieved the feat together against Longwood (Nov. 25), while Carter and Brown combined to each tally a double-double against Northwest (Nov. 28).
  • Seattle U had a six-game win streak snapped at Washington on Dec. 9. The six-game streak was the first of such a length since a stretch of five wins from Jan. 23, 2016-Feb. 6, 2016.
  • Seattle U ranks first in the WAC in, scoring margin (+13.4), FG percentage defense (38.7), 3-pt FG percentage (39.5) and blocks per game (4.3), and second in scoring (82.1 ppg), FG percentage (47.8) and scoring defense (68.7 ppg).
  • With five players averaging double-figures, four rank in the WAC’s top-20 for scoring. Morgan Means ranks second (16.9 ppg), Myles Carter is fifth (15.2 ppg), Matej Kavas is seventh (14.9 ppg) and Delante Jones is 15th (12.0 ppg).
  • Brown ranks also second in assists (5.3 per game), fifth in rebounds (6.9 per game) and first in assist/turnover ratio (3.0).
  • Carter ranks first in rebounds (8.5), fourth in FG% (60.5%) and first in blocks (2.5).
  • Means ranks first in minutes played (35.1 per game), first in free-throw percentage (86.8, 66-76)  and fifth in 3-pt FGs (2.3 per game).
  • Kavas is fourth in 3-pt FGs (2.6 per game), fifth in free-throw percentage (81.8, 36-44) and sixth in rebounds (6.6 per game).
  • The Redhawks play a 19-game home schedule in 2018-19, and host 22 total contests as the schedule includes a three-team, six-game tournament. The Redhawk Center, located on the Seattle U campus, will serve as the primary venue for the 2018-19 season due to the renovation and shutdown of KeyArena, scheduled to take place in 2019 and 2020. Seattle U is excited to partner with the Oak View Group and return to the newly-renovated $700 million Seattle Center Arena in 2020-21.
  • Seattle U has compiled a 229-145 (.612) record in North Court, including a 15-game winning streak that began Nov. 5, 2008 with a perfect 10-0 mark during the 2008-09 season. In 2017-18, the Redhawks went 9-1 at the Redhawk Center and so far in 2018-19, the Redhawks are 8-1.

GET YOUR 2018-19 TICKETS!
Available for purchase now is a special eight-game WAC Pack as well as single-game tickets for all remaining games. For more information and to reserve your seats today, contact the SU Athletics Ticket office at 206-398-GOSU or visit goseattleu.com/tix.