ORLANDO, Fla. – Senior Morgan Means reached 1,000 points for his career, Myles Carter tallied his third double-double of the season and Seattle U men's basketball concluded play in the NIT Season Tip-Off Orlando Regional with a 59-55 win over Western Michigan Tuesday afternoon at the HP Field House in ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex.
Means, a senior from Compton, Calif., scored four points in the first half, then drained a three-pointer from the wing at the 4:02 mark of the second to hit exactly 1,000 points. His triple helped the Redhawks reclaim a double-digit lead, 53-43, while also making Means the third Seattle U player to reach 1,000 points in the modern-day DI era.
The Redhawks (3-5) jumped out to a 9-2 lead to open play, only to see the Broncos (4-4) slowly creep back in. A Western Michigan 7-0 run put the Broncos on top 18-16 with 4:32 remaining in the half. Both teams would go cold down the stretch of the frame and a Carter layup with 36 ticks on the clock sent the teams into the locker room tied, 20-20.
Delante Jones would open the second half with a three, the first of five for the Redhawks in the frame. Seattle U would lead by as many as 12, 46-34, midway through.
Means' triple with four minutes remaining made it 53-43, but the Broncos were not finished. As the Redhawks went through a cold spell, Western Michigan slowly chipped away down the stretch.
Eight straight points by Michael Flowers brought the Broncos to within three, 54-51, with 43 seconds remaining. Carter scored on a dunk on the ensuing possession and Flowers answered once again with a layup to keep the spread at three.
Terrell Brown would sink a pair of free throws to push it back to five, 58-53, before Rafael Cruz, Jr., hit a jumper to keep it a one-possession game. But the Broncos were forced to foul again and Brown would hit one of two for a four-point spread. Flowers' final three attempt at the buzzer would not fall.
"A win is a win," said Head Coach Jim Hayford. "This was our fourth game in 12 days on the road. We showed a lot of character and the one thing we did really well today was play hard. Western Michigan is a really tough team and it feels really good for the guys to get this one."
Brown finished with a team-high 17 points to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists. Carter collected a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double and Jones chipped in 12 points on four threes.
The Redhawks return to Seattle for their next six games, beginning with a three-game homestead. Next up is a Saturday, Nov. 30 meeting with Idaho. Tip off from the Redhawk Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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