HOME SWEET HOME: Seattle University looks to get back on the winning track this weekend with back-to-back home games, starting with Thursday's rematch against Eastern Washington. These two in-state rivals met just three weeks ago, with the Eagles holding on for a 95-91 victory at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. After Saturday's contest against Cal State Northridge, the Redhawks will not play a home game for four weeks, hitting the road for four straight games.
PLAYOFFS?!: Thursday's game will be live on 710 ESPN Seattle, but Saturday's contest against Cal State Northridge will be tape-delayed until 8:00 p.m. That is due to 710 ESPN's coverage of the Seattle Seahawks playoff game.
THE PEPPERDINE GAME: Freshman guard Sterling Carter hit seven three-pointers, the most by a Seattle University player in over four years, but it was not enough as the Pepperdine Waves pulled away to an 84-64 victory Sunday afternoon at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif. Carter went 7-of-15 from behind the three-point arc as well as 5-of-6 from the free throw line in collecting 28 points, the most by a Redhawk player in a single game this season. The seven long distance baskets by Carter were the most by a Seattle U player since Sam Kirby made seven three-pointers against Ashland University on Nov. 18, 2006. Carter made two free throws and a three-pointer in the first minute of the second half as the Redhawks took a 45-43 lead. However, Pepperdine scored nine unanswered points over the next four-and-a-half minutes to take the lead for good. The Waves extended their lead to 61-50 with 9:41 left in the second half when the Redhawks made a run, thanks to back-to-back three-pointers by Carter and a layup from Alex Jones, to come within three at 61-58. A layup by Gus Clardy and a traditional three-point play from Lorne Jackson started the Waves on a 23-6 scoring run in the last eight minutes of the contest. Aaron Broussard finished the game with 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Jones contributed 10 points before fouling out with three minutes left in the game. As a team, Seattle U shot only 38.9 percent (21-of-54) from the field, including 11-of-27 from behind the three-point line, and 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the free throw line.
SCOUTING EASTERN WASHINGTON: The Eagles come into Thursday's game with a 4-9 overall record. Eastern Washington has yet to win a road game, going 0-6 away from home so far this season. The Eagles are scoring 73.1 points per game and giving up 76.7 points per contest. As a team, Eastern Washington is shooting 42.1 percent from the field, including 35.9 percent from behind the three-point line, and 64.0 percent from the free throw line. Jeffrey Forbes leads the team in scoring, averaging 13.6 points per game, helped in part by a .891 free throw shooting percentage, tied for 29th in Division I. Since coming back from an early-season injury, Glen Dean has been averaging 13.5 points per game. Cliff Ederaine, the only Eagle to start every game so far this season, is contributing 9.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.7 blocked shots per game.
SEATTLE U VS. EASTERN WASHINGTON: Seattle University and Eastern Washington will be meeting for the 16th time in history, with the Eagles holding a 10-5 series edge. Eastern Washington won the first seven meetings of the series: four in 1945-46, two in 1946-47, and one in 1948-49. Seattle University broke through with a 55-48 victory later in 1948-49 in Seattle. Seattle U swept the season series from Eastern Washington in 1951-52. It would be 34 years before the two schools resumed the in-state rivalry, with Seattle U opening the 1985-86 season with an 83-64 loss at Eastern Washington. It took another 23 years for the next installment of the series, an exciting 63-59 overtime victory for the Redhawks on Feb. 24, 2009, in Cheney in which Seattle U battled back from a six-point deficit with 39 seconds remaining in regulation. Last season, the two teams split the season series, with each team winning on its home floor. Eastern Washington earned a 100-97 overtime victory on Dec. 12, 2009, in Cheney, with Seattle U picking up a 68-62 victory on Feb. 1, 2010, at KeyArena.
LAST MEETING: Seattle University made a furious comeback, cutting a 20-point lead down to two points late in the game, but Eastern Washington made its free throws down the stretch to hold off the Redhawks, 95-91, Dec. 15 at Reese Court. Four players scored in double figures for Seattle U, led by freshman Sterling Carter, who earned his first career double-double with 19 points and 13 assists, the most assists in a single game by a Redhawk player in four years. Aaron Broussard scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, while Alex Jones (Phoenix, Ariz.) contributed 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Taylor Stevens, who had not scored a point in limited action so far this season, made a major contribution to the comeback, scoring 11 second half points. He hit his third three-pointer of the night with 1:45 remaining in the second half to make it a one-possession game. Eastern Washington started the second half on a 14-4 run, with back-to-back three-pointers by Glen Dean and Kevin Winford giving the Eagles a 59-39 lead four minutes into the second half. Down by 19 with 8:18 to play, the Redhawks started chipping away at the lead, starting with consecutive three-pointers by Carter. Broussard brought the deficit into single digits with a traditional three-point play and a layup to cut the Eagles' lead to 77-70 with 4:14 left. Seattle U started sending Eastern Washington to the free throw line to try to extend the game, but the Eagles, held without a field goal in the final eight minutes of the contest, went 18-of-22 from the charity stripe in the final four minutes to hold off the Redhawk rally.