The Seattle University men's basketball team could not get anything going on the offensive side of the court, and UC Davis's offense kicked into gear after halftime as the Aggies defeated the Redhawks, 80-58, Saturday afternoon at The Pavilion.
Cervante Burrell (Sacramento, Calif.) led Seattle U with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 shooting from the free throw line, plus he pulled down five rebounds and dished out four assists. Mark McLaughlin (Seattle, Wash.) finished with a season-high 14 points along with five rebounds, and Aaron Broussard (Federal Way, Wash.) contributed 13 points and six rebounds.
UC Davis (3-4) jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game, but Seattle U responded, outscoring the Aggies 14-7 over the next six minutes, including six points for Burrell and back-to-back three-pointers from Garrett Lever (Phoenix, Ariz.) and McLaughlin. The Redhawks had several chances to take the lead, but UC Davis held them off and extended the lead on two three-pointers by Ryan Silva.
Two dunks from Mark Payne and a layup by Mike Kurtz helped the Aggies increase their lead to eight at 29-21 with 1:14 left in the first half. Seattle U fought back, beginning with a three-pointer by McLaughlin and continuing with a tip-in from Brandon Durham (Bremerton, Wash.). Payne converted on two free throw attempts to give the Aggies a 31-26 lead at halftime.
UC Davis went on an 11-2 run at the start of the second half to take its biggest lead of the game at 42-28. Broussard hit a three-pointer to stop the run, then stole the ball and assisted on a layup by Burrell to cut the Aggie lead to nine. However, that would be as close as the Redhawks would get, as UC Davis slowly extended its advantage throughout the rest of the game.
Seattle U shot only 30.8 percent (20-of-65) from the field, including 5-of-22 from behind the three-point line, and 61.9 percent (13-of-21) from the free throw line. Thanks in part to 18 offensive rebounds, the Redhawks did enjoy a slight rebounding edge, 38-35, and committed a season-low 15 turnovers, but were credited with only nine assists and two steals during the afternoon.
UC Davis was led by Eddie Miller, who finished with 20 points, five rebounds, and three assists, and Joe Harden, who hit all 10 of his free throw attempts on his way to a 16-point, seven-rebound performance. Payne contributed 13 points, six rebounds, and six assists, and Kurtz added six points, six rebounds, two assists, and four blocked shots to the winning effort.
Seattle University (2-6) will fly home Saturday night and start preparing for Monday night's game against Montana State at KeyArena at Seattle Center beginning at 7:10 p.m. Tickets are on sale through GoSeattleU.com, and Dave Grosby and Gary Hill, Jr., will broadcast all the action live from courtside on 710 ESPN Seattle.