SEATTLE – Returning from a two-game road trip, Seattle University men’s basketball let a first-half lead slip against California Baptist as the Redhawks drop a 75-64 Western Athletic Conference decision Saturday night at the Redhawk Center.
Terrell Brown provided consistent scoring for Seattle U, pouring in a game-high 24 points. Mattia Da Campo, who played a season-high 38 minutes, finished with a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double, the first of his career. Myles Carter added 12 points of his own with five boards.
“We didn’t lose, California Baptist won the game,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford. “They came out and played really well. They’ve been on the road since Tuesday and they came here and played with composure.”
The Redhawks (13-10, 1-7 WAC) got going strong with hot shooting from Anand Hundal and Brown. The pair hit three triples in the opening five minutes to give the home side some early breathing room. Seattle U went 5-6 from the field in this stretch and establishing a 13-6 lead for their efforts.
With Hundal and Carter in the starting lineup combined with the size and defensive ability of Da Campo, Seattle U was able to space the court well, allowing the guards to find open shots and implement quick ball movement.
Though the size of CBU’s Dejon Davis and Mike Henn kept the usually dominant Carter occupied in the paint, the Redhawks used three-point shooting to their advantage, hitting 54 percent off shots from Hundal, Brown, Da Campo, and Ian Burke. Carter added six points in the opening frame.
The Lancers (11-10, 3-5 WAC) used a 12-3 spurt late in the first to cut the gap and eventually take the lead 23-24 off of good shooting in heavy traffic. The run proved to be vital with SU up only 35-33 going into the halftime break.
Brown opened the new frame on a personal 7-3 run to stop an energetic CBU start and keep the Lancer advantage to just 40-42. Brown dropped 15 of his game-leading 24 points in the second half.
“I felt that I could attack the big men much more than the first half,” said Brown. “We’ve been practicing finishing a lot more in practice and I think it paid off for me tonight.”
CBU’s rim protection was pivotal in the visitor’s putting their stamp on the game. Defense in the paint swiftly turned to points in transition from outlet passes to open up a 11-2 run in the latter half of the second frame to make it a 57-46 game in favor of the Lancers.
“They played cohesively,” Hayford said. "Credit them for the win.”
Seattle U couldn’t find the scoring touch from the half prior, going just 34 percent from the field and 58 percent from the free-throw line. CBU went 11-12 from the stripe total, hitting five of six in the closing minute.
The Redhawks begin the second round of WAC play against Utah Valley Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Redhawk Center. Tip-off is set for 1:00 pm. Seattle U will honor its 2019 Athletics Hall of Fame class during the game. The 2019 inductees include Steve Allen, '77 (men's soccer), Ron Howard, '74 (men's basketball), Dayna Maltby, '93 (women's tennis), Eric Yardley, '13 (baseball) and the 1980-81 women's basketball team.