Cervante Burrell (Sacramento, Calif.) earned the 2010 Elgin Baylor Classic MVP Award with a game-high 20-point performance, while Aaron Broussard (Federal Way, Wash.) notched his fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds as Seattle University withstood an Idaho rally midway through the second half for a 66-56 victory Saturday evening at KeyArena at Seattle Center.
After each team scored 10 points in the first seven-and-a-half minutes of the second half, Idaho went on a 12-3 run, as Shawn Henderson hit a three-pointer to give the Vandals their first lead of the game at 51-50 with 7:40 remaining in regulation. Burrell answered with a layup and, after a free throw by Kyle Barone, Burrell hit two free throws and another layup to allow the Redhawks to take the lead for good.
"Defensively, especially in the second half, we were pretty consistent in being solid. Our guys fought hard, digging the ball out, and that is what you want every possession. Offensively, we were choppy. We normally flow better, but we did not take care of it at certain times, and we need to get better at that," head coach Cameron Dollar said.
Burrell shot 7-of-14 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line to complete his third game of the season with at least 20 points. Broussard earned his scoring total in part on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, including one three-pointer. Alex Jones (Phoenix, Ariz.) contributed nine points and seven rebounds, and Mark McLaughlin (Seattle, Wash.) earned nine points and three steals in the game.
The Redhawks scored six unanswered points early in the first half to open an 8-2 advantage before Henderson scored the next two baskets to pull Idaho within two. Seattle U proceeded to go on a 13-4 run, punctuated by a Sterling Carter (Seattle, Wash.) three-pointer and a Broussard bucket, to pull ahead, 21-10, with 9:20 left in the first half.
Idaho (5-4) went on a 9-2 scoring run to pull to within four at 23-19, but three-pointers by Broussard and Chad Rasmussen (University Place, Wash.) helped Seattle U extend its lead back to eight at the half, 37-29. In the first half, the Redhawks earned nine offensive rebounds as they outrebounded the Vandals before halftime, 19-9.
Henderson shot 8-of-11 from the field to finish with a team-high 17 points, while Barone came off the bench and contributed 10 points. Jeff Ledbetter finished with eight points and four rebounds, but shot just 2-of-10 from the field, including 1-of-7 from behind the three-point line.
As a team, Seattle U shot 45.5 percent (25-of-55) from the field, including 3-of-12 from behind the three-point line, and 72.2 percent (13-of-18) from the free throw line. The Redhawks won the rebounding battle, 35-27, and forced 20 Vandal turnovers while committing 17 turnovers of their own. Idaho shot 43.4 percent (23-of-53) from the field, including 3-of-14 from behind the three-point line, and 7-of-10 from the free throw line.
Seattle University (4-8) heads to Cheney, Wash., for a midweek contest against Eastern Washington Wednesday, Dec. 15, beginning at 5:35 p.m., a game that will be broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle. The Redhawks return home and welcome San Jose State to KeyArena next Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7:10 p.m.