PHOENIX – Seattle University men’s basketball (12-4, 0-1 WAC) continues a grueling three-game Western Athletic Conference road swing on Saturday, Jan. 5, traveling to face Grand Canyon University (8-6, 1-0 WAC). Tip-off from GCU Arena in Phoenix is set for 6 p.m. local time, 5 p.m. Pacific. The game will stream live on ESPN3 at watchespn.com. Fans can also tune in to an audio webstream at mynorthwest.com.
FOLLOW THE REDHAWKS
- Saturday, Jan. 5 at 5:00 p.m. MT/6:00 p.m. PT
- at Grand Canyon (GCU Arena, Phoenix, Ariz.)
- Live Stats
- Listen on KTTH 770 AM
- Watch on ESPN3
- Game Notes
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 GRAND CANYON
This with be the 12th all-time meeting between Seattle U and Grand Canyon, with the Lopes holding a 10-1 advantage in the series. The Lopes have a four-game win streak in the series, winning both meetings in 2016-17 and 2017-18. The Redhawks’ lone win in the series came on Jan. 30, 2016, a 59-57 victory in GCU Arena. SU rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit and outscored the Lopes 31-22 in the second half.
LAST TIME OUT
Little went right for the Redhawks Thursday night in its WAC opener as they fell 83-71 at CSU Bakersfield. Delante Jones and Terrell Brown led Seattle U with 18 points apiece. Myles Carter also scored in double figures, finishing with 12 points to go along with eight rebounds. Brown had a team-high 10 boards for his fifth double-double of the season. A pair of Jones’ threes early in the first half gave Seattle U a 6-4 lead at the 18:19 mark of the first half. But it would end up being the last lead the Redhawks would hold. Hitting just 8-26 from the field in the first half, the Redhawks scored a season low 27 points in the frame. CSUB, meanwhile, was hot, hitting 14-27 from the field to carry a 37-27 lead into the break. The Redhawks found more rhythm in the second half, hitting 48 percent from the field (12-25) and nearly 46 percent from three (5-11). But in trading buckets with the ‘Runners, they could not cut into the lead. “The game of basketball usually gives you what you deserve and tonight, we deserved to lose,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford. “CSU Bakersfield played winning basketball and deserved to win. The WAC road is tough and road wins must be earned. We need to get better from this.”
FREE THROW STREAK
Morgan Means went 16-16 from the free-throw line on Dec. 29 at Cal, matching the Seattle U single-game record held by Carl Ervin in a Dec. 15, 1979 game versus Washington. The junior guard had made four straight free throws prior to that game, and has added a perfect 7-7 performance at CSU Bakersfield on Jan. 3, stretching his made free throws streak to 27 straight.
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.
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 12-4 through 16 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.
- Myles Carter has 38 blocks through 16 games, the eighth most among all DI players in games played through Dec. 31. The redshirt junior also ranks 26th nationally at 2.4 blocks per game. He remains on pace to challenge the Seattle U program record for single-season blocks (79), set just last year by Aaron Menzies.
- Matej Kavas drained four three pointers in the Redhawks’ 102-64 win over Prairie View A&M on Dec. 20, giving him 36 for the season and 169 for his career. The career mark moves him into third place in Seattle U’s all-time record book as he now trails only Isiah Umipig (2013-15, 229 3s) and Aaron Waite (1988-92, 239 3s). Averaging 2.4 threes per game this season, Kavas currently ranks fourth in the WAC, while also ranking third in total makes. His 43.9 percent average from deep ranks sixth.
- Seattle U went 2-2 in four games against the Pac-12 this season. The Redhawks earned a big 78-69 win over Washington State on Nov. 14 and also topped Cal, 82-73. They dropped a 96-74 decision at Stanford on Nov. 6 and 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.
- Seattle U ranks first in the WAC in scoring margin (+11.8), FG percentage defense (39.6), 3-pt FG percentage (39.6) and blocks per game (4.1), and second in scoring (81.4 ppg), FG percentage (47.3) and scoring defense (68.7 ppg).
- With five players averaging double-figures, all five rank in the WAC’s top-20 for scoring. Morgan Means ranks second (16.3 ppg), Myles Carter is fifth (15.0 ppg), Matej Kavas is eighth (14.0 ppg) and Delante Jones is 14th (12.4 ppg) and Terrell Brown is 17th (11.2 ppg).
- Brown ranks also second in assists (5.3 per game), fifth in rebounds (7.1 per game) and first in assist/turnover ratio (2.9).
- Carter ranks first in rebounds (8.5), fourth in FG% (59,3%) and first in blocks (2.4).
- Means ranks first in minutes played (34.8 per game), first in free-throw percentage (88.0, 73-83) and sixth in 3-pt FGs (2.1 per game).
- Kavas is fourth in 3-pt FGs (2.4 per game), sixth in free-throw percentage (81.8, 36-44) and seventh in rebounds (6.2 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.