PULLMAN, Wash. – Seattle University men's basketball found itself in an early hole Thursday night at Washington State and was never able to find a way out in an 85-54 final at Beasley Coliseum.
Terrell Brown was a bright spot on the night for the Redhawks (1-1), finishing with 24 points, two shy of his career high. The Seattle native added 10 boards for his first double-double of the year. Trey Hopkins was the only other Redhawk in double-figures, coming off the bench to finish with 10.
The Cougars (1-0) were led by CJ Elleby's 27 points. Isaac Bonton and Jaylen Shead added 11 and 10, respectively.
I was just really disappointed," said Head Coach Jim Hayford. "We got punched in the mouth and we looked like, 'that's not supposed to happen to us.' And 10 points became 20 points and we just kind of went through the motions the rest of the game.
"Terrell played his heart out for us, but he's going to need help from the other guys," Hayford said. "Defensively we didn't make it hard on them. Offensively we have to shoot the ball better. We have to work together better."
The Redhawks won the tip, but would turn it over on the first possession. WSU immediately made them pay with a three by Shead. That bucket would begin a 24-5 start for WSU as Seattle U managed to shoot just 35.7 percent from the field, including 0-5 from three, in the frame.
Brown finished the first half with 16 of the Redhawks' 21 points as Seattle U trailed 43-21.
The second half did not fare much better as the Redhawks went 0-12 from three until Morgan Means knocked one down from the left wing with 5:05 to play.
The Cougars would stretch the lead to as many as 34, finishing with a 19-0 points-off-turnovers advantage and 25-14 bench points advantage.
The Redhawks return home to Seattle Saturday for a Homecoming match-up against another cross-state rival - Eastern Washington. Tip-off from the Redhawks Center is set for 7 p.m. The game will broadcast live on ROOT Sports and can also be heard on KTTH 770 AM in Seattle or online at mynorthwest.com.
Tickets are still available for Saturday's Homecoming game, as well as all remaining non-conference home games. Mini plans and single-game tickets can be purchased by contacting the Seattle U Athletics Ticket Office at 206-398-GOSU, email email@example.com or visit goseattleu.com/tix.