SEATTLE – A well-rounded team performance Saturday afternoon saw Seattle University men’s basketball take a 77-57 decision over Chicago State. Four Redhawks scored in double-figures with every available player seeing the floor in what marked back-to-back Western Athletic Conference victories for SU.
Terrell Brown dropped 20 points with four rebounds and four assists to back-up a 21-point performance against Kansas City two days prior. Morgan Means put up 12 of his own with five assists while Mattia Da Campo and Delante Jones each chipped in 10.
Following a back-and-forth first half that saw the Redhawks eventually take a 33-27 lead into the break, Seattle U opened things up in the second half. A 26-15 advantage on the boards, including 13 offensive rebounds for 15 second-chance points helped the Redhawks pull away.
A 7-0 spurt midway through the frame helped Seattle U open up a 14-point, 51-37 advantage with 9:13 to play. After a Delshon Strickland jumper made it 55-43 Redhawks, the home team reeled off a 22-6 run that put the game away.
“It’s good to be home,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford. “Putting two wins together is something that feels really good, especially for the guys.”
Aggressive defensive pressure from the visitors worked in Seattle U’s favor as the Redhawks went 12-13 from the free-throw line in the second half and 13-16 on the day. SU has shot 80 percent from the charity stripe the past two games.
Chicago State (3-25, 0-13 WAC) took advantage of Redhawk turnovers and incomplete play execution to jump out to a 10-4 lead five minutes into the first half. The Cougars utilized sharp mid-range shooting to bypass the size of Myles Carter and Da Campo in the post.
Seattle U (14-12, 2-9 WAC) gained its first lead of the night through Matej Kavas. Kavas, who had been sidelined most of the WAC campaign due to injury, nailed back-to-back triples to make it a 20-16 Redhawk advantage at the 9:22 mark in the first half.
On the opposite side of the court, the visitors had no answer for the physicality of Carter and Da Campo under the hoop. Da Campo went on a personal 4-0 spurt to open the scoring for the Redhawks while Carter added six of his own, going 3-5 from the field for his efforts and keeping SU in the game.
The Redhawks got hot in the mid-range as well, with Riley Grigsby and Brown muscling their way to the rack, combining for 17 points off 72 percent paired shooting in the first.
A personal 8-0 run by Brown aided in closing out the half for SU. With the Redhawk offense coming from the hands of Brown, the redshirt sophomore used his speed off the dribble to create separation from his man and get open shots. The home side held a 33-27 advantage at the halftime break.
“Both games this weekend I feel like we came out very strong in the second half,” Hayford added. “We also really battled on the offensive boards.”
SU tallied 15 offensive boards on the day compared to the Cougars’ eight. The Redhawks used their rebounds with purpose, finishing with 18 second-chance points.
With the game winding down, a signature Aaron Nettles triple on top of a Jordan-esque slam from Brown put the icing on the cake in what turned out to be a vital home win down the stretch for the Redhawks.
Seattle U caps off its three game homestand Tuesday, Feb. 26 against Utah Valley. Tip-off is set at 7:00 pm at the Redhawk Center.