SEATTLE – A three-game road swing to open Western Athletic Conference play continues this week as Seattle University men’s basketball (12-5, 0-2 WAC) travels to Orem, Utah, to face Utah Valley University (11-6, 0-2 WAC). Tip-off from the UCCU Center where the Wolverines hold the nation’s third longest active home win streak (20 games, is set for 7 p.m. local time, 6 p.m. Pacific. The game will stream live on the WAC Digital Network at wacdigitalnetwork.com. Fans can also tune in to KTTH 770 AM in Seattle or at mynorthwest.com.
FOLLOW THE REDHAWKS
- Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7:00 p.m. MT/6:00 p.m. PT
- at Utah Valley (UCCU Center, Orem, Utah)
- Live Stats
- Listen on KTTH 770 AM
- Watch on WAC Digital Network
- Game Notes
ABOUT THE SERIES VS UTAH VALLEY
Seattle U and Utah Valley are meeting for the 18th time, with the Redhawks holding a slight 9-8 series edge. The teams have split the home-and-home series during the past two season, each winning on their home court. The Redhawks won the first meeting of 2017-18, a 55-54 final on Homecoming at KeyArena on February 3. Aaron Menzies had 15 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high six blocks in the win, while Richaud Gittens hit the go-ahead free throws with 16 ticks on the clock. Utah Valley responded with a 73-47 win on its Senior Day.
LAST TIME OUT
The Redhawks fell 71-57 at Grand Canyon University Jan. 5 to close out a tough opening weekend of WAC play on the road. A solid first half of play had the Redhawks trailing by just three, 32-29, at the break, but an 8-29 shooting effort in the second half allowed GCU to find separation and pull away down the stretch. “Our effort was pretty good in the first half, but we missed some tough shots to start the second half and that hit our effort and got Grand Canyon separation,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford. The Redhawks led by as many as six early as a Delate Jones three made it 15-9 with just under 12 minutes to play. A Morgan Means layup at the 10:16 mark kept the lead in Seattle U’s hands, 17-14. But the offense would hit a cold spell, going more than six minutes without a bucket as GCU opened up a 26-17 advantage. Terrell Brown would score a pair of buckets and Matej Kavas banked home a triple to snap the spell and get the Redhawks going again. Seattle U would close out the half on a 12-6 run to trail by just three at the break. Missed chances early in the second half would see the Lopes build a double-digit lead, 43-32, five minutes in. A Brown jumper trimmed the spread back to single digits briefly, but an 8-0 GCU run made it a 19-point, 56-37, spread at the 10-minute mark. The Redhawks would get no closer than 13 late in the half as the Lopes pulled away to stay perfect on their home court this season. “GCU is a good team,” said Hayford. “They had a good plan to take away our threes and said ‘we’ll let you challenge us one-on-one at the rim.’ They let us attack and we couldn’t convert in the paint.” In his first true appearance since suffering an ankle injury prior to the Redhawks’ game at Cal, Matej Kavas finished with 16 points on 6-8 shooting, including a perfect 3-3 from beyond the arc. He also added a team-high seven boards. Delante Jones finished with 15 points and Terrell Brown had 12. Means and Myles Carter were held to a combined 3-20 from the field.
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 12-5 through 17 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.
- Matej Kavas drained a trio of three pointers at Grand Canyon on Jan. 5, giving him 39 for the season and 172 for his career. The career mark ranks him third 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. His 45.9 percent average from deep ranks third.
- The Redhawks have won every game this season (12-0) when they have led at halftime and out rebounded their opponent.
- 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 went on to stretching his made free throws streak to 27 straight before missing his first attempt at GCU on Jan. 5 to halt the streak.
- Seattle U ranks first in the WAC in FG percentage defense (40.0), 3-pt FG percentage (39.9) and blocks per game (3.9), and second in scoring margin (+10.3), scoring (80.0 ppg) and FG percentage (46.6).
- With five players averaging double-figures, all five rank in the WAC’s top-20 for scoring. Morgan Means ranks third (15.5 ppg), Myles Carter is sixth (14.5 ppg), Matej Kavas is eighth (14.1 ppg) and Delante Jones is 12th (12.6 ppg) and Terrell Brown is 19th (11.3 ppg).
- Brown ranks also second in assists (5.2 per game), fourth in rebounds (7.1 per game) and first in assist/turnover ratio (2.8).
- Carter ranks first in rebounds (8.2), fifth in FG% (57.0%) and first in blocks (2.3).
- Means ranks first in minutes played (34.6 per game), first in free-throw percentage (86.9, 73-84) and sixth in 3-pt FGs (2.1 per game).
- Kavas is third in 3-pt FG percentage (45.9), fourth in 3-pt FGs (2.4 per game), sixth in free-throw percentage (81.8, 36-44) and fifth in rebounds (6.3 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.