A double-double for junior Aaron Broussard (Federal Way, Wash.), including a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:38 remaining in regulation, helped the Seattle University men's basketball team earn a come-from-behind 72-70 victory over Montana State Monday night at KeyArena at Seattle Center.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Shawn Reid and Bobby Howard gave Montana State a 64-54 lead with less than nine minutes left in the second half, but Seattle U held the Bobcats scoreless for the next eight-and-a-half minutes, scoring 14 unanswered points during that span.
With 2:30 remaining, Cervante Burrell (Sacramento, Calif.) found Broussard for a jumper that pulled the Redhawks within one at 64-63. After Broussard grabbed one of his game-high 12 rebounds, Burrell again found him wide open behind the three-point line on the right wing, and the junior nailed the shot for Seattle U's first lead since early in the second half.
In the final 40 seconds, the Redhawks went 6-of-8 from the free throw line, and Sterling Carter (Seattle, Wash.) pulled down a key offensive rebound with nine seconds left on the clock to force the Bobcats to commit another foul. After Burrell made his two free throw attempts, Reid hit a three-pointer as time ran out to establish the final score.
Broussard shot 8-of-12 from the field on his way to a 20-point, 12-rebound performance, his third double-double of the season. Carter hit four three-pointers in the first half and finished with 14 points, while Alex Jones (Phoenix, Ariz.) collected 13 points and eight rebounds. Burrell played a solid all-around game, earning 10 points, three rebounds, and five assists during the night.
Seattle U jumped out to an 8-2 lead, but Montana State used the three-point shot to its advantage, hitting 8-of-14 attempts from behind the three-point arc in the first half. Erik Rush hit three shots from long distance in scoring 11 straight Bobcat points as the visitors pulled out to a nine-point lead at 39-30 with 3:19 remaining before halftime.
Down 41-36 at halftime, the Redhawks scored the first six points of the second half to go ahead by one, 42-41, but Montana State (5-3) went on an 8-2 run thanks to two dunks and two layups. After a Broussard layup tied the game at 51-51 with 13:13 left in regulation, the Bobcats outscored the Redhawks, 13-3, to take their biggest lead of the game.
Reid shot 10-of-18 from the field, including 3-of-6 from behind the three-point line, to lead all players with 23 points, plus he pulled down six rebounds. Rush finished with 15 points, and Jeff Budinich came off the bench and contributed 13 points and eight rebounds. Howard, the team's leading scorer at 18.1 points per game, was held to four points due to foul trouble.
As a team, Seattle U shot 38.8 percent (26-of-67) from the field, including 6-of-18 from behind the three-point line, and 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the free throw line. The Redhawks won the rebounding battle, 46-35, including 21 offensive rebounds, and committed a season-low 14 turnovers.
Seattle University (3-6) turns right around and heads south Tuesday afternoon to prepare for Wednesday night's game at Portland State beginning at 7 p.m. Dave Grosby and Gary Hill, Jr., will broadcast the game live from the Stott Center on 710 ESPN Seattle beginning with the pregame show shortly before tipoff.