ENTERING A ROUTINE: For the next three weeks, the Seattle University men's basketball team will enter a routine in which it plays Tuesdays and Saturdays, beginning with this Tuesday's game against UC Davis. This is the fourth team Seattle U will face for a second time this season, with the Redhawks holding a 3-0 record in the three previous instances. After Tuesday's game against the Aggies, Seattle U will play on Elgin Baylor Court only two more times with four road games mixed in.
THE UTAH VALLEY GAME: Junior guard Cervante Burrell made several plays in the last five minutes to help Seattle University hold off Utah Valley for a 63-57 victory last Wednesday night at KeyArena at Seattle Center. After Utah Valley pulled ahead, 53-51, on a traditional three-point play from Ben Aird, Burrell found Alex Jones under the basket for a layup that tied the game. Justin Baker hit a jumper to give the Wolverines another lead, but Burrell responded with a game-tying layup, and then hit two free throws with 2:10 remaining in regulation to put Seattle U ahead, 57-55. Burrell picked the pocket of Isiah Williams and drove in for a layup with 40 seconds remaining to extend the Redhawk lead to 59-55. Holton Hunsaker made two free throws to bring Utah Valley to within two, but Seattle U was able to ice the game thanks to two successful free throws each for Garrett Lever and Chad Rasmussen. Burrell led the Redhawks with 15 points and five assists, plus he pulled down seven rebounds. Sterling Carter helped Seattle U take the early lead with 14 first-half points, while Aaron Broussard notched his seventh double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Lever once again played all over the floor, finishing with six points, nine rebounds, a steal, and one blocked shot. Seattle University shot 34.8 percent (23-of-66) from the field, including 5-of-17 from behind the three-point line, and 70.6 percent (12-of-17) from the free throw line. The Redhawks won the rebounding battle, 46-33, including 17 offensive boards while allowing only five offensive rebounds to the Wolverines.
SCOUTING UC DAVIS: The Aggies come into Tuesday's game with an 8-16 record, having lost four straight games and nine of their last 11 contests. UC Davis is 2-11 away from home, with its last road victory coming at Cal State Fullerton Dec. 28. The Aggies are scoring 68.8 points per game and giving up 70.8 points per contest. As a team, UC Davis is shooting 45.3 percent from the field, including 37.4 percent from behind the three-point line, and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. Mark Payne leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game as he is shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. Joe Harden is scoring 14.6 points per game, while Eddie Miller is the other Aggie averaging in double figures with 10.9 points per game. Ryan Sypkens is the team's leading three-point shooter, going 51-of-116 for a .440 three-point field goal shooting percentage. Todd Lowenthal is averaging 5.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game for the Aggies.
SEATTLE U VS. UC DAVIS: This will be the fifth meeting all-time between Seattle University and UC Davis, with the series tied at 2-2. In 2003-04, UC Davis hosted Seattle U and earned a 65-55 victory. These two squads met twice last season, with Seattle University winning both meetings. On Dec. 5, 2009, Seattle U traveled to Davis and defeated the Aggies, 88-78, at The Pavilion. Four players scored in double figures for the Redhawks, led by Chris Gweth with 22 points and Charles Garcia with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Dominic Calegari led UC Davis with 22 points and six rebounds, while Mark Payne earned 22 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals, and four blocked shots. On Feb. 16, 2010, at KeyArena at Seattle Center, Seattle U completed the season sweep with an 81-56 victory. Alex Jones led Seattle U with 24 points, plus he pulled down nine rebounds, and Garcia earned another double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Calegari again led UC Davis with 19 points, while Joe Harden scored 15 points and Todd Lowenthal pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. Earlier this season, UC Davis defeated Seattle U, 80-58, at The Pavilion Nov. 27, 2010. Cervante Burrell led the Redhawks with 18 points and four assists, plus he pulled down five rebounds.
THE KEY TO SUCCESS: Since returning to Seattle Center Jan. 1, 2009, with a 49-39 victory over Loyola Marymount, Seattle University is 17-6 at KeyArena. The Redhawks finished the 2009-10 season with a 10-3 home record and has compiled a 6-3 record at the Key so far in 2010-11.
BRACKETBUSTERS: On Jan. 31, Seattle University found out that it would be facing Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill., this Saturday, Feb. 19, as part of the ESPNU BracketBuster series of games. In September, it was announced that Seattle U would be one of 114 teams to participate in one of the BracketBuster games, a concept which provides programs with an opportunity to play non-conference opponents late in the regular season. Seattle U was one of the 57 designated visiting teams and was matched up with Northern Illinois, a designated home team in the process. Northern Illinois is currently 7-16 overall, including 3-8 in Mid-American Conference play. The Huskies are led by senior guard Xavier Silas, a transfer from the University of Colorado who is averaging 24.2 points per game, currently second in the country in scoring average. This will be the first meeting all-time between Seattle U and Northern Illinois and the eighth game Seattle U will play against a current member of the Mid-American Conference. Game time is set for 3 p.m. Central time, and it will be broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle with Dave Grosby and Gary Hill, Jr.
SCANNING THE RADIO DIAL: The Seattle University head men's basketball coach will be a part of a weekly radio show, "The Cameron Dollar Show", on 710 ESPN Seattle every Monday from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show will originate from Jimmy's on Broadway, located in the Silver Cloud Hotel at 1100 Broadway. The public is welcome to attend the broadcasts in person, and Jimmy's on Broadway will be offering happy hour pricing during the broadcast.
CRACKING THE RECORD BOOKS: With two three-pointers in last Wednesday's game against Utah Valley, freshman guard Sterling Carter now has made 60 three-pointers this season, moving into ninth place on the Seattle University list for three-pointers made in a single season. He needs seven long distance baskets to move into eighth place, past Sam Kirby's 2006-07 total of 66 three-pointers. The school record for most three-pointers in a season is currently held by Aaron Waite, who made 89 three-pointers in the 1989-90 campaign. Also, senior Garrett Lever has moved into seventh place on the Seattle U single-season steals list with his 57 steals, passing Kenny Bush's mark of 56 steals from the 1995-96 season. Lever's next targets are Eric Briggs (1986-87) and Andre Lang (1992-93), who each earned 63 steals to currently sit in a tie for fifth place on the list. Ray Brooks holds the single-season record for steals with 84, accomplished in the 1984-85 season.