WAC TOURNAMENT CENTRAL

SEATTLE – For the seventh consecutive year, Seattle University men’s basketball heads to Las Vegas, Nev., for the 2019 Western Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament. The Orleans Arena once again hosts this year’s tournament, which begins with four men’s quarterfinal games Thursday, Mar. 14. The Redhawks (18-13, 6-10 WAC) earn the sixth seed and will face third-seed Grand Canyon (18-12, 10-6 WAC) at 8:30 p.m. PT on ESPN+. The winner will advance to face the winner of No. 2 Utah Valley or No. 7 Kansas City in the semifinals on Friday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN+. The tournament’s championship game is set for Saturday, Mar. 16 at 7:00 p.m. on ESPNU.

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WAC TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Seattle U brings a 4-6 record from six previous WAC Tournament appearances into this year’s event. In 2017-18, The Redhawks downed UTRGV 77-60 in the opening round, securing a 20-win season under then first-year Head Coach Jim Hayford. They would go on to take top-seed New Mexico State to the limit before falling, 84-79, to the eventual champs. In 2016-17, the Redhawks went 0-1 with a 65-53 loss to Utah Valley in the opening round. In 2015-16, the Redhawks topped UTRGV in the quarterfinals, 75-52, advancing to face eventual tournament champ CSU Bakersfield in the semifinals. The ‘Runners sent SU to a 72-47 setback. In 2014-15, Seattle U defeated Chicago State, 49-45, in the first round. The next night, Isiah Umipig tied a WAC Tournament record with eight made three-pointers to lead the Redhawks over UMKC, 69-63. In the championship game, New Mexico State scored the first nine points of the game on its way to an 80-61 victory over the Redhawks. Entering the 2013-14 tournament as the seventh seed, the Redhawks battled second-seeded New Mexico State throughout the contest, holding a six-point lead halfway through the second half. After New Mexico State rallied back, Seattle U had a chance to send the game into overtime, but a last-second putback would not fall, giving the Aggies a 70-68 victory. In 2012-13, the Redhawks lost to Texas State, 68-56, in the first round, as Seattle U was the 10th seed.

ABOUT THE SERIES VS GRAND CANYON
This with be the 14th all-time meeting between Seattle U and Grand Canyon, with the Lopes holding an 11-2 advantage in the series. In the regular-season finale on March 9, the Redhawks snapped a five-game GCU win streak in the series with a huge 83-76 overtime victory. Terrell Brown and Morgan Means each had 21 points in the win. The Lopes won the first meeting of 2018-19 - a 71-57 final at GCU Arena on Jan. 5. Matej Kavas had 16 points in the game while Delante Jones added 15 and Terrell Brown chipped in 12.  The Redhawks’ first 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.

SO WE MEET AGAIN
Seattle U’s first-round WAC Tournament match-up against Grand Canyon marks the second time in the past three seasons that the Redhawks have opened tournament play against the same opponent they finished the regular-season against. In 2016-17, the Redhawks closed out its WAC slate at Utah Valley, falling 61-54 to the Wolverines at the UCCU Center. Days later, they faced off against UVU to open the WAC Tournament, dropping a 65-53 decision.

LAST TIME OUT
The Redhawks closed out the regular season in exciting fashion, defeating Grand Canyon, 83-76, in overtime on March 9. Four Redhawks scored in double-figures as they earned their first win over the Lopes since 2016. “To see my team rewarded with this, I’m just really happy for my team and my coaching staff,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford. Terrell Brown and Morgan Means led the Redhawks with 21 points apiece, while Myles Carter and Delante Jones chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively. In the closing minutes of regulation, Means and Brown combined for an 8-0 SU run to put the Redhawks on top, 64-60 with 4:29 to play. Brown later drained two shots in traffic to maintain the SU lead, however a late Seattle U turnover proved to be costly as Carlos Johnson was fouled on the ensuing play, tying it up at 69-69 after converting both free throws.  With 18 seconds to play in regulation and down by two following a pair Damari Milstead free throws, Means drove in the lane and floated a bank shot over his defender to make the game even, 71-71. A defensive stop on one last layup attempt yielded no reward for the Lopes, sending the Redhawks to their second overtime game in 36 hours.  SU entered overtime defensively stout and sharp at the free-throw line. Grigsby and Brown both converted and-one attempts on top of four free throws from Means to close the game out. Seattle U shot 8-8 at the charity stripe in overtime, 19-25 overall. 

18-WIN SEASON...AND COUNTING
Seattle U’s 83-76 OT win over Grand Canyon on March 9 marked win No. 18 on the season, marking the fourth time the program has finished with 18+ wins since 2008-09, which marked the return to Division I. The 2008-09 Redhawks went 21-8, but did not complete against a full Division I slate during that first transition season. Seattle U went 18-16 in 2014-15 and in Head Coach Jim Hayford’s first season, the Redhawks went 20-14. The winning campaign marks the fifth time the program has finished with an above .500 record since 2008-09.

OVERTIME SUCCESS
The Redhawks closed out the regular-season with back-to-back overtime victories over CSU Bakersfield (63-57) and Grand Canyon (83-76). The two OT games marked the first the Redhawks had played in 2018-19. The Redhawks went 3-1 in overtime games in 2017-18 and are now 4-1 in extra time contests under Head Coach Jim Hayford.

SECURING A WINNING SEASON
Seattle U’s 63-57 win over CSU Bakersfield marked win No. 17 on the season, which solidifies a second straight winning season under second-year Head Coach Jim Hayford. In 2017-18, the Redhawks went 20-14 overall. The winning campaign marks the fifth time the program has finished with an above .500 record since 2008-09, which marked the return to Division I. The 2008-09 Redhawks went 21-8, but did not complete against a full Division I slate during that first transition season. Seattle U went 17-14 in 2009-10 and 18-16 in 2014-15.

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. In his 20th season as a head coach, he has led the Redhawks to an 18-13 mark through 31 games, bringing his career wins total to 398. Hayford now needs just two more wins to hit the 400 mark for his career.

FOUR IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Seattle U had four players score in double figures in the regular-season finale versus Grand Canyon, marking the fifth time in the last six games that the team has achieved the feat. The Redhawks are 12-4 on the season when four or more players score in double-figures.

ENTERING THE SEATTLE U RECORD BOOK
Terrell Brown and Myles Carter have been working their way into Seattle U’s all-time record book for marks they have achieved during the 2018-19 season. Brown has amassed 144 assists through 31 games, which ties Dave Anderson (1981-82 and 1983-84) for the No. 8 spot in the program’s single-season record book. He needs just nine more assists to reach the No. 7 position, currently held by David Cheatham (1991-92). Carter’s 58 blocked shots through 31 games not only leads the WAC, but also ranks No. 2 in a single-season at SU. Aaron Menzies (2017-18) holds the all-time record of 79.