The Seattle University men's basketball team gave its fans a taste of the up-tempo style it plans to employ during the 2010-11 season, as six players scored in double figures and everyone played a role in Sunday's 121-91 exhibition victory over Pacific Lutheran University at KeyArena at Seattle Center.
Mark McLaughlin (Seattle, Wash.) shot 9-of-12 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line to lead all players with 25 points, while Alex Jones (Phoenix, Ariz.) did most of his damage from the free throw line, hitting 9-of-10 shots from the charity stripe in scoring 15 points. Fredrick Wilson (Seattle, Wash.) finished with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals, and Gavin Gilmore (Pasco, Wash.) contributed 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Pacific Lutheran kept the game close for the first ten minutes of the contest, staying within four at 25-21 before Seattle U outscored the Lutes, 41-19, over the last ten minutes of the first half to open a 26-point lead at halftime. The Redhawks extended their advantage to 34 points four minutes into the second half before Pacific Lutheran went on a 15-2 run over the next four minutes to cut into the home team's lead, but that would be as close as the visitors would get during the contest.
Cervante Burrell (Sacramento, Calif.) also scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, plus he dished out six assists. Chad Rasmussen (University Place, Wash.) hit three baskets from behind the three-point line in the first half and finished with 10 points. All 12 active players on the roster played at least 11 minutes, scored at least four points, and, with the exception of Rasmussen, pulled down at least two rebounds.
Victor Bull led the Lutes by notching a double-double, scoring 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and pulling down 10 rebounds, seven of those offensive boards. Kyle MacTaggart hit three three-pointers on his way to a 15-point performance, while Cameron Schilling contributed 14 points and three assists off the bench.
As a team, Seattle University shot 60.3 percent (41-of-68) from the field, including 11-of-22 from behind the three-point line, and 87.5 percent (28-of-32) from the free throw line. The Redhawks did earn a total rebounding edge, 49-41, but allowed the Lutes to pull down 24 offensive rebounds. Seattle U forced 23 turnovers by Pacific Lutheran but committed 30 turnovers of its own.
Seattle University will take the next week to prepare for its trip east to face the University of Maryland Monday, Nov. 8, beginning at 8 p.m. local time (5 p.m. Pacific time) as part of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. After a road game at the University of San Francisco Nov. 12, the Redhawks will open the home schedule in two weeks against Cal Poly Sunday, Nov. 14, starting at 5 p.m. at KeyArena.