SENIOR NIGHT: Seattle University plays its final game of the 2011-12 season, welcoming Portland State to KeyArena for Senior Night for the third straight year. This is also the final game as an independent for the Redhawks, as Seattle U joins the Western Athletic Conference next season.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
- Guard: #5 Cervante Burrell - 5-10, 170 - Sr.
- Guard: #10 Sterling Carter - 6-0, 200 - So.
- Forward: #2 Aaron Broussard - 6-5, 225 - Sr.
- Forward: #12 Clarence Trent - 6-6, 225 - So.
- Forward: #25 Eric Wallace - 6-7, 233 - Sr.
THE LONGWOOD GAME: Led by a hot shooting performance, especially from Sterling Carter, Seattle University jumped out to a significant early advantage and cruised to a 111-74 victory over Longwood University Feb. 29 at KeyArena. Carter went 8-for-16 from behind the three-point line, just one made three-pointer off the single-game school record, as he finished with 28 points, tying his career high. With the early advantage, Seattle U's bench players saw significant minutes, as Jarell Flora went 6-for-8 from the field in a 14-point performance, while Chad Rasmussen and Louis Green each collected 10 points and five rebounds in the game. Seattle U made eight of its first nine shots, four of them Carter three-pointers, as it raced out to a 20-2 lead three minutes into the game. After Tristan Carey hit a layup and a three-pointer as part of a 7-2 Lancer run, the Redhawks went on another 20-2 scoring run over the next five minutes to extend their advantage to 42-11 halfway through the first half. A three-pointer by Antwan Carter only paused the Seattle U explosion, as the home team outscored Longwood 23-5 to take its biggest lead of the game at 65-19 with two minutes remaining before halftime. The Lancers scored the final four points of the first half and outscored the Redhawks in the second half, 51-46, but by that time the end result was in little doubt as Seattle U won its seventh straight home game.
SCOUTING PORTLAND STATE: The Vikings come into Saturday's game with a 17-14 overall record. Portland State advanced to the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference Tournament, losing to Weber State this past Tuesday, 69-63. The Vikings are scoring 76.0 points per game and giving up 72.6 points per contest. As a team, Portland State is shooting 48.3 percent from the field, including 35.0 percent from behind the three-point line, and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Vikings have used the same starting lineup for all but two games this season. Charles Odum leads the team and is second in the Big Sky in scoring, averaging 19.1 points per game. He is shooting 52.9 percent from the field and 83.6 percent from the free throw line. Chehales Tapscott is contributing 14.2 points and a team-high 9.4 rebounds per game, as he is shooting 53.0 percent from the field. Lateef McMullan leads the team with 86 assists to go along with a 9.5 points per game average. Michael Harthun paces the squad with 47 made three-pointers as part of a scoring average of 8.7 points per game, and Nate Lozeau shoots 57.9 percent from the field as he is contributing 7.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
SERIES HISTORY: This is the 16th meeting all-time between Seattle U and Portland State, with the Vikings leading the series, 8-7. The first meeting between these two schools took place in Seattle during the 1956-57 season, with Seattle U earning a 76-64 victory. Seattle U also won meetings in the next two seasons and in 1969-70 before Portland State broke through in 1970-71. Portland State defeated Seattle U, 82-76, at the 1977 Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Ky. Seattle U earned another home win in 1978-79, and Portland State responded with a victory in 1979-80. In Seattle U's first season back in Division I (2008-09), the Vikings earned two victories over the Redhawks, first in the third-place game of the 2008 Great Alaska Shootout (81-67) and then a week later in Portland (73-68). In the 2009-10 campaign, Aaron Broussard hit a three-pointer with 0.3 seconds left to give Seattle U its first victory of the series in Portland (80-77), and the Redhawks also won the meeting in Seattle, 93-80. Portland State swept the season series from Seattle U in 2010-11.
NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS: Aaron Broussard is now 50th in Division I in scoring, averaging 17.8 points per game. As a team, the Redhawks is third in the country in rebounding (41.3 rpg) and 31st in scoring (75.8 ppg).
THE EARLIER MEETING: Portland State's Chehales Tapscott hit a shot with 4.9 seconds remaining in regulation to complete the comeback in the Vikings' 66-65 victory over Seattle U Tuesday night at the Stott Center in Portland. The Redhawks were up by as many as 14 points in the second half, but the Vikings slowly chipped away at the lead, eventually scoring the last eight points of the contest to earn the victory. Aaron Broussard led the Redhawks with 17 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field, while Clarence Trent contributed 16 points and Eric Wallace finished with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. As a team, Seattle U struggled in the shooting department, making only 38.0 percent (27-of-71) of its field goal attempts and 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from the free throw line.
FROM WAY DOWNTOWN: In two full seasons, Sterling Carter has already moved into third place on Seattle U's all-time list for made three-pointers with 153, passing Chris Gweth (2006-10) and Andre Lang (1991-95) on the all-time made three-pointers list during the eight-three-pointer barrage against Longwood in the team's previous game. Also, in the Feb. 11 game against Longwood, junior Chad Rasmussen set the school single-game record for attempted three-point shots with 17.
POSTSEASON HONORS: Earlier this week, two websites announced their postseason all-conference teams, with Seattle U being recognized among the independent schools. Aaron Broussard earned First Team All-Independent recognition from College Sports Madness as well as All-Independent honors from College Hoops Net. Broussard remains in the top 50 in Division I in scoring average with 17.8 points per game, plus he has pulled down 6.5 rebounds per contest. Fellow senior Eric Wallace was named Second Team All-Independent by College Sports Madness after averaging 9.1 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game, plus he had blocked 41 shots for the Redhawks.
BOOKENDING THE SEASON: This will be the first time in Seattle U men's basketball history that the team will end the regular season with the same opponent that it faced in the season opener. In 1962-63, Seattle U began the year by defeating Oregon State, 60-58, but Oregon State beat Seattle U in the 1963 NCAA Tournament to end Seattle U's season, 70-66.