Seattle University received a career scoring performance from junior Aaron Broussard (Federal Way, Wash.), but it was not enough as the UC Irvine Anteaters held on for an 85-77 victory Saturday night on the second day of the subregional of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer at the Bren Events Center.
Broussard shot 10-of-16 from the field, including 2-of-3 from behind the three-point line, and 3-of-4 from the free throw line to accumulate 25 points along with nine rebounds and two steals. Alex Jones (Phoenix, Ariz.) took advantage of a favorable matchup, scoring 19 points, and Garrett Lever (Phoenix, Ariz.) pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds, four of them offensive boards.
With 11:22 remaining in the second half, Seattle U took a 52-50 lead on two free throws by Jones. UC Irvine proceeded to outscore the Redhawks, 15-3, over the next three minutes, punctuated by a three-point play from Darren Moore, to take its biggest lead of the game at 65-55.
Broussard scored seven of Seattle U's points during an 8-3 run that cut the Anteater lead in half with 4:50 remaining in regulation. Jones hit a layup to bring the Redhawks within one at 76-75 with 1:29 left, but Patrick Rembert hit a three-pointer and followed that by going 4-of-4 at the free throw line in the final minute to help ice the game for the home team.
UC Irvine (2-2) went on a 9-0 run to take the early lead at 11-5 four-and-a-half minutes into the contest. Down by seven, the Redhawks put together a 5-0 run with a traditional three-point play by Jones and a steal and layup from Broussard. However, the Anteaters answered with a 9-2 run to extend their advantage to 27-18.
Seattle U started its rally back, as Broussard hit two three-pointers during a 15-3 Redhawk run that pulled the visitors ahead, 33-30. UC Irvine took a brief lead as time was winding down on a layup by Chris McNealy, but Cervante Burrell (Sacramento, Calif.) responded with a coast-to-coast drive and basket of his own to tie the game at 37-37 at halftime.
Rembert led the Anteaters with 21 points, 19 of them coming in the second half, while Moore notched a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Wilder did most of his damage from the free throw line, hitting 7-of-9 shots from the charity stripe on his way to an 11-point, eight-rebound performance, and McNealy also scored 11 points in the game.
As a team, Seattle U shot 40 percent (28-of-70) from the field, including 4-of-21 from the three-point line, and 54.8 percent (17-of-31) from the free throw line. The Redhawks did win the rebounding battle, 44-40, earning 15 offensive rebounds that led to 14 second-chance points while holding UC Irvine to three second-chance points on five offensive boards.
Seattle University (1-5) concludes play in the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer Sunday, Nov. 21, facing Navy beginning at 3:00 p.m. Dave Grosby and Gary Hill, Jr., will call the game on 710 ESPN Seattle, with the broadcast delayed until 7 p.m. due to the station's coverage of the Seattle Seahawks game.