SEATTLE – The 2019-20 hoops started with a bang for Seattle University men's basketball, as the Redhawks tipped off with a 98-64 victory over Pacific Lutheran Tuesday night at the Redhawk Center. Four players finished in double-figures with Terrell Brown leading the pack with 16 points, nine assists, and eight boards.
An explosive game-opening 26-7 run over the first 10 minutes of play for the Redhawks (1-0) blew the door open. Brown and Delante Jones totalled 14 and 13 points respectively to get Seattle U rolling in the first half.
Head Coach Jim Hayford’s men led by as much as 39 with 4:54 to play in the second half, 87-48, courtesy double-digit scoring from Jordan Dallas and Trey Hopkins. The duo chipped in 21 points in the second frame to help put the game out of reach for PLU.
“When it came to my role in the game, I came and played my part really well and helped my guys get this win,” said Hopkins.
“We came out with great focus, great fire and played really well on both sides of the ball,” said Hayford, following his 399th career victory.
Seattle U took a 47-23 lead going into the halftime break sparked by a consistent mid-range shooting and strong interior defense. SU forced 14 PLU turnovers to keep the Lutes off the board on the evening.
“PLU deserves a lot of respect," Hayford said. "They came out and played really hard and showed a lot of character.”
The Redhawks took advantage of their size advantage in the paint to capitalize early off efficient shooting. Brown went 7-7 from the field in the opening frame with the team shooting 55 percent.
Dallas started the second half with shut-down defense in the paint and contributed 10 points to extend the Seattle U lead in the second half.
Forcing the Lutes to tough perimeter shots, SU out-rebounded the visitors 25-12 to get the Redhawks in transition in the first half. With the offensive tempo dictated by Brown, the junior guard kicked the ball to the open man beyond the arch to extend the lead with the Redhawks connecting from three-point land.
Seattle U closed out the game on the defensive end to start the year off on a winning note.
The Redhawks continue non-conference action on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Washington State with tip-off set at 6:00 pm. The game will air on the Pac-12 Network.