HAPPY HOLIDAYS: The final Seattle University game before Christmas features the Campbell University Fighting Camels from Buies Creek, N.C., coming to KeyArena Saturday night to face the Redhawks. Seattle U would like to reach the .500 mark once again and bring some positive momentum into the conference season, which begins next week.
WHERE TO FIND THE GAME: 770 AM KTTH The Truth will broadcast the game live, with Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr. courtside starting with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m. Live stats and live video will also be available on GoSeattleU.com.
THE NORTHERN ILLINOIS GAME: Seattle University bounced back in a big way Wednesday night, as several Redhawks made significant contributions in the 75-48 victory over Northern Illinois at KeyArena at Seattle Center. Chad Rasmussen hit four three-pointers as he led the Redhawks with 14 points, while Prince Obasi collected 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, and three blocked shots. Deshaun Sunderhaus finished with 10 points, and D'Vonne Pickett Jr. added nine points, five rebounds, and six assists to the winning effort. Northern Illinois took an early 5-4 lead on a traditional three-point play by Abdel Nader, but the Redhawks responded with a 17-2 scoring run over an eight-minute span to pull ahead, 21-7. Obasi led the way with two three-pointers, while several of his teammates contributed to the run. Antone Christian hit back-to-back three-pointers to pull the Huskies to within 14 at 37-23, but Seattle U ended the first half on a 10-4 scoring run, punctuated by a three-pointer from Rasmussen as time ran out, to give the Redhawks a 47-27 halftime advantage. The Redhawks finished the game 26-of-54 from the field (48.1%), including 10-of-25 from behind the three-point line, and a season-best 76.5 percent (13-of-17) from the charity stripe.
NCAA STATISTICS: Seattle U is tied for 14th in Division I in steals per game (10.00). The Redhawks are also seventh in the country in rebounds per game (43.6).
SCOUTING CAMPBELL: The Fighting Camels come into Saturday's game with a 3-8 overall record after suffering a 74-52 loss to Gonzaga in Spokane Wednesday night. Campbell has lost seven of its last eight games and has only one victory over an NCAA Division I opponent (Appalachian State). The Camels are also 0-5 in games played away from their home court. Campbell is scoring 70.0 points per game and giving up 74.7 points per contest. As a team, the Camels are shooting 44.4 percent from the field, including 27.6 percent from behind the three-point line, and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. Darren White would be seventh in the country in scoring average at 21.9 points per game, but he does not qualify for the official rankings after missing the past four games with a hand injury, and his status for tonight's game is uncertain. Trey Freeman, the only Campbell player to start all 11 games so far this season, averages 13.8 points and 6.2 assists per game, while Darian Hooker is scoring 12.0 points per game and Marvelle Harris is grabbing 6.6 rebounds per game.
WAC STATISTICS: Deshaun Sunderhaus is sixth in the conference in rebounding with 7.3 boards per game, while Clarence Trent is 12th with 6.1 rebounds per game. Sunderhaus is also 11th in the league in field goal percentage at .475. Prince Obasi is third in the conference in assists with 4.00 assists per game, followed by D'Vonne Pickett Jr. in 10th place with 2.89 assists per game. Prince Obasi is 10th in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage at .409, with Chad Rasmussen in 11th place at .404. Rasmussen is also fifth in the WAC in three-pointers made per game (2.33), followed by Sterling Carter in a tie for sixth place with 2.00 made three-pointers per game. Carter is tied for sixth in steals with 1.75 steals per game, while Rasmussen and Pickett are tied for 14th place with 1.44 steals per game. As a team, the Redhawks are first in the league in steals with 10.0 steals per game and in rebounding offense with 43.6 rebounds per game.