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Seattle University Menís Basketball Suffers 123-76 Loss to Washington
Courtesy: Seattle University  
Release:  01/26/2010
Cervante Burrell (foreground) finished with a career-high 18 points...
By Schmar James
The Seattle University men's basketball team ran into a hungry Washington squad, as the Huskies jumped out to a 30-3 lead halfway through the first half and never looked back, cruising to a 123-76 victory Tuesday night at Bank of America Arena.

Washington (13-7) shook off the bad feelings from its previous losses in Los Angeles, scoring the first 18 points of the game before SeattleU broke through with a layup by Cervante Burrell (Sacramento, Calif.) more than five minutes into the game. The Huskies hit eight of their first ten shots from the field while the Redhawks missed 11 of their first 12 field goal attempts.

Charles Garcia (Los Angeles, Calif.) led SeattleU with 20 points and seven rebounds, but shot just 4-of-14 from the field, earning most of his points with 12-of-18 free throw shooting. Burrell scored a career-high 18 points, plus he collected four rebounds, three assists, and five steals.

Six players scored in double figures for Washington, led by a double-double from Quincy Pondexter with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Venoy Overton and Elston Turner scored 20 points apiece, Justin Holiday contributed 16 points and five rebounds, Scott Suggs added 12 points, and Abdul Gaddy finished with ten points, five rebounds, five assists, and five steals. Overton went 16-of-19 from the free throw line and dished out a game-high eight assists.

After hitting just 5-of-31 field goal attempts in the first half, Seattle University improved after halftime, hitting 18-of-45 shots from the field, including five three-pointers, as the Redhawks scored 56 second-half points, tied for the second-highest scoring half of the season. However, the Huskies kept up their hot shooting, finishing at 55.7 percent (34-of-61) from the field, including 9-of-18 from the three-point line.

The game slowed down as the referees started calling the game tight, with the two teams combining for 78 personal fouls. Six Seattle University players fouled out, leaving the Redhawks with only four players on the floor for the final 1:27 of the game. Washington hit 46-of-61 attempts from the free throw line, while Seattle University made 25-of-41 chances from the charity stripe.

The 123 points were the most given up by a Seattle University team since a 123-88 loss to Central Washington during the 1982-83 season. The 47-point defeat was the largest suffered by a SeattleU squad since losing at Portland, 82-33, in the 1999-2000 campaign.

Seattle University (9-12) returns to the comforts of KeyArena at Seattle Center for its next two games, Saturday, Jan. 30, against Idaho, and Monday, Feb. 1, against Eastern Washington. Dave Grosby and Gary Hill, Jr., will broadcast both games on 710 ESPN Seattle, beginning with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m. each night.

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