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SEATTLE – Seattle U men’s basketball (1-2) looks to halt a two-game skid on Tuesday when they host Pacific University (Ore.) at 7 p.m. in the Redhawk Center. The game will stream live on the WAC Digital Network. Fans can also tune in to KTTH 770 AM in Seattle or online at mynorthwest.com.

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ABOUT THE SERIES VS PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
Seattle U is 3-4 all-time against the Pacific Boxers, though the teams have not met since the 1998-99 season. The first ever meeting between the two schools was on Dec. 30, 1949 – a 48-40 win for Seattle U. They would not face off again until 1993. During the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons, the teams played four games, all as opponents in the Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges. Seattle U’s last win in the series was an 82-76 final on Feb. 13, 1998. Pacific won the two meetings the following season.

EYING 400
Seattle U Head Coach Jim Hayford entered the 2019-20 season with 398 career victories over the course of his 20-year career. After securing a 98-64 win over Pacific Lutheran University on Nov. 5, Hayford now sits at 399 career victories. His road to 400 has included 12 seasons of 20 wins or more and 11 national postseason tournaments, including six (2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) at NCAA Division III Whitworth, three at EWU (2015, 2016, 2017) and two at Seattle U (2018, 2019).

LAST TIME OUT
A second-half hot shooting performance by Eastern Washington handed Seattle U a 74-66 defeat Saturday night at the Redhawk Center. Three Redhawks finished in double digits, led by Terrell Brown, who finished with a career high 31 points to go along with 13 rebounds and four assists. Myles Carter added 11 points and Morgan Means chipped in 10. But the Redhawks struggled from beyond the arc for the second consecutive night, finishing just 3-17 from three. “I congratulate Eastern on a game well played,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford. “They played some really good basketball in the second half. They played like they were in mid-season form so big credit to their coaches. Jacob Davison played a tremendous game and was really hard to stop in the second half. There are no excuses – they won. We need to shoot the ball a whole lot better. We had a good first half because we rebounded well. But Eastern shored up their rebounding in the second half. At the end of the day, you’ve got to make baskets. In these two losses to Washington State and Eastern, we were 4-32 from three. I believe in our guys. We’re going to work it out, we just need to find our shooting touch.” Seattle U found early success connecting on mid-range shots off the dribble courtesy of Brown. The junior guard helped spark a 9-2 spurt in the opening five minutes to shift the momentum in favor of the home team to get the Homecoming crowd at the Redhawk Center on their feet. The Redhawks led for the entire 20-minute frame as Brown poured in 18 points and Seattle U kept the Eastern off the glass with a 31-19 rebounding advantage. A Trey Hopkins jumper in the paint with five ticks remaining helped the Redhawks carry a 36-30 lead into the break. Delante Jones opened the second half with a three and a pair of Means free throws made it a nine-point game, 41-32, with 18:29 to play. But the tide would soon turn as the Redhawks could not get the ball to drop and Eastern began to chip away.  A 9-2 Eagle run, capped by a Tyler Kidd three knotted the score at 45-45. Brown hit a runner in the lane to briefly put the Redhawks back on top but Jacob Davison responded with a jumper and Kidd’s layup at the 9:25 mark gave the Eagles their first lead of the night. Seattle U would never lead again, managing just 9-31 from the field and 2-8 from three. The Eagles would outscore the Redhawks 44-30 in the frame.

TERRELL ON A TEAR
Redshirt junior Terrell Brown has had the hot hand to start the 2019-20 season. He opened the year by nearly recording a triple-double, finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds and nine assists against Pacific Lutheran. He went on to pour in 24 points to go with eight rebounds at Washington State, finishing just two points shy of his then-career-high point total. On Saturday against Eastern Washington, the Seattle native upped the ante, draining a career-high 31 points on 12-28 from the field and 6-9 from the free-throw line. He added 13 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, and sixth of his Seattle U career.

NEARING 1,000 POINT CLUB
Senior Morgan Means currently sits at 968 career points. The Compton, Calif., native needs just 32 points to reach 1,000 for his career. Means will become the third Seattle U player to reach the 1,000-point mark in the modern DI era. Aaron Broussard (2009-12) finished his career with 1,271 while Isiah Umipig (2013-15) scored 1,164 career points.

REDHAWK RUNDOWN

  • Seattle U won its season opener for the first time in the Jim Hayford era. The Redhawks downed Pacific Lutheran University, 98-64, on Nov. 5. The last time the Redhawks had won their home opener was the 2016-17 season, also a win over the PLU Lutes.
  • The Redhawks hit just one three pointer on Thursday at Washington State, marking the least three’s made in a game during Hayford’s tenure. The Redhawks wen 1-15 from deep versus the Cougars. The previous low was two made three-pointers, which happened on Dec. 29, 2018 at Cal and Jan 19, 2019 versus UTRGV.
  • Sophomore guard Trey Hopkins was a spark in the Redhawk lineup the first two games this season. The Midwest City, Okla., native scored 11 points on Nov. 5 against Pacific Lutheran, then followed with a 10-point effort at Washington State on Thursday. He went 3-5 from the field and 4-4 from the charity stripe while also adding a pair of boards in 13 minutes of action.

CHALLENGING 2019-20 SCHEDULE 
The 2019-20 schedule features as many as six 2019 NCAA Tournament teams including Syracuse (Nov. 16), Ole Miss (Nov. 19), Bucknell (Nov. 25), Washington (Dec. 17) and Saint Mary’s (Dec. 28). A potential Nov. 26 meeting with reigning Ive League champion Yale would make six.

GET YOUR 2019-20 TICKETS!
Mini-plans and single-game tickets for non-conference games are on sale now! For more information and to reserve your seats today, contact the SU Athletics Ticket office at 206-398-4678 or visit goseattleu.com/tix.