SEATTLE – Seattle University men’s basketball’s return to the Redhawk Center resulted in a 74-55 victory over the University of Idaho Saturday night.
A 10-point run midway through the second half paired with solid three-point shooting opened up a double-digit lead for the Redhawks (4-5), who outscored the Vandals 42-23 after the halftime break.
“I think that 42-23 second half is the team that I see us becoming,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford. “We’ve got some things that we need to do better, but we’ll definitely take a 19-point home win.”
Terrell Brown finished with 20 points and seven boards off of a career-high four three-pointers with Aaron Nettles just behind with 15 of his own off the bench. Jordan Dallas and Mattia Da Campo added 11 and 10 of their own while the Redhawk bench tallied 36 - a season-high for bench points.
Offensive struggles early in the second half were quickly forgotten courtesy of the hot hands of Nettles and Dallas. The duo hit back-to-back shots from beyond the arch to open up a 12-point cushion, 52-40, with 11:41 remaining. Dallas finished with all 11 of his points in the second half.
Hayford’s defensive adjustments at halftime saw Carter and Da Campo double-team Idaho’s Scott Blakney on the block, daring the Vandals (3-5) to shoot. The visitors managed just 7-23 from the field in the frame to push SU in transition and hit clutch shots, led by Dallas and Brown.
Seattle U caused 18 Vandal turnovers, gifting the Redhawks 21 points to keep things out of reach for Idaho.
Nettles came in off the bench to give the Redhawks some much needed juice to get the offense rolling. The junior guard scored 10 points in a 12-2 stretch that allowed the home team some breathing room, 23-15, with 7:11 to play in the first.
“It was just nice to see the ball go in the basket,” said Hayford. “It could’ve been a really ugly halftime situation if Aaron hadn’t come in and given us some big points in the first half.”
The Vandals made things interesting late in the opening frame, finishing off mid-range shots to tack on 13 points in the final four minutes to square the score, 32-32 going into halftime.
SU closed out the game on a 12-3 run to earn the Redhawks their fourth win of the year. They would finish with a season-high 11 triples and shoot just over 43 percent from the field.
Seattle U looks to carry the momentum forward against Incarnate Word Tuesday, Dec. 3 back home at the Redhawk Center. Tip-off is set at 7:00 pm.