SEATTLE – (Nov. 12) Seattle University men’s basketball put on an offensive display in Sunday evening’s home opener against visiting Puget Sound, pouring in a Division I program record 121 points on their way to a convincing 121-70 victory in the Connolly Complex.
The Redhawks (1-1) scored the first 14 points of the game and never looked back. They held a 67-30 advantage at the break, hit the century mark with 6:33 to play, and scored the most points since reaching 100 even in 2013. The 121 points surpassed the previous all-time Division I record of 111, set in 2012 against Longwood University.
Richaud Gittens led five Redhawks in double-figures, finishing with 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting, rebounding from a 1-for-12 performance at Saint Louis on Friday. Josh Hearlihy added 23 points on 6-of-7 from the field and 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Leading 14-0 three minutes into the contest, Seattle U finally surrendered a field goal - a three by UPS’s Gabriel Chaikin. A 12-0 SU run would balloon the lead to 26-3 and the Redhawks would never look back.
The Loggers’ trapping full court pressure kept the pace of the game high, and also forced Seattle U into 32 total turnovers.
But the Redhawks’ offensive could not be contained as they shot better than 63 percent from the field and 94 percent from the free-throw line (33-for-35). After struggling on the boards against the Billikens, Seattle U pulled earned a 61-30 rebounding edge Sunday, including 12 on the offensive end for 19 second-chance points.
“I expected us to outrebound our opponent tonight,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford. “But we got beat up on the boards at SLU, so for the guys to bring a better mental effort to that tonight was outstanding. This game will also give us some good film to look at because of the pressure that was applied and the type of defense UPS runs. We’ll have an opportunity to coach the guys on decision making.”
Jordan Hill hit a three pointer from the win at the 6:33 mark that would give the Redhawks exactly 100 points. A three by Scott Ulaneo with 4:20 to play tied the record of 111 and a Gittens lay-up on the ensuing possession broke the mark.
The appearance on their home court was a brief one, as the Redhawks will hit the road for their next four straight. The stretch begins Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Washington State. The game, which tips off at 6 p.m., can be seen on the Pac-12 Network and heard on KTTH 770 AM.