ORLANDO, Fla. – Seattle University men's basketball had one of its strongest first halves of the young season, shooting nearly 47 percent from he field and hitting 5-of-12 from deep in the frame. But the run would not sustain through the final frame as the Redhawks dropped a 77-70 final to Bucknell on Monday afternoon at the HP Field House as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off Orlando Regional.
Terrell Brown led all scorers with 29 points, hitting 10-of-22 from he field and 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. Morgan Means added 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Aaron Nettles came off the bench to chip in 10 points, including eight in the first half. Myles Carter finished with nine points and a team-high nine boards.
"This was a really good basketball game," said Head Coach Jim Hayford. "Bucknell is a really good team. They came out strong in the second half and we missed some really good looks that got them back in the game.
We did a lot of things better today and our guys played better," Hayford added. "We played well against a good opponent, but they were a little bit better than us today. We have to just keep fighting our way through."
After trading buckets early, Bucknell (3-4) rolled off eight straight points to open up a 17-9 advantage. But the Redhawks (2-5) responded with an 8-0 run of their own to knot the score at 17-all. Bucknell's Bruce Moore halted the run with a two-pointer in the paint, but Nettles drained a pair of threes and Means knocked down a jumper to open up a 25-19 Seattle U advantage with 6:28 on the clock.
Bucknell would tie the score at 29-29 with 2:32 remaining in the frame, but Seattle U would close out the half on a 9-2 run capped by a Brown jumper and the Redhawks carried a 37-31 lead into the break.
Momentum shifted again to open the second as the Bison scored nine straight to lead 40-37. Delate Jones broke the seal on the basket at the 15:19 mark with a layup off a dish from Riley Grigsby.
The teams would remain within five points through much of the frame, and a Brown runner in the lane tied things up at 59-59 with 5:14 remaining. But the Redhawks would go 2-11 from the field for the balance of the game.
Seattle U concludes play tomorrow, facing off against Western Michigan at 12 p.m. Eastern Time, 9 a.m. Pacific. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU and can be heard on KTTH 770 AM in Seattle or mynorthwest.com/