THE FINAL STRETCH: Seattle University begins the final stretch of the 2010-11 season with its eighth and final trip to California this season, with two games on the docket for this excursion. The six-day trip begins Friday with a trek to Bakersfield in preparation for Saturday's game against the CSUB Roadrunners. Dave Grosby and Gary Hill, Jr., will broadcast the game live on 710 ESPN Seattle beginning with the pregame show shortly before 7 p.m. Seattle U defeated the last team it faced that was on an extended losing streak (Northern Illinois) and looks for a similar result against the struggling Roadrunners.
THE WASHINGTON GAME: Paced by a career-high 26 points from Cervante Burrell, Seattle University remained competitive with the University of Washington, but the Huskies' depth and height were too much for the Redhawks in a 95-74 victory in front of 11,386 at KeyArena at Seattle Center. Burrell shot 7-of-17 from the field and 12-of-15 from the free throw line, plus he dished out four assists and picked up two steals. Sterling Carter hit four three-pointers on his way to a 20-point performance, while Aaron Broussard continued his steady play with 14 points, seven rebounds, and a season-high six steals. Washington scored the first four points of the game before back-to-back baskets by Burrell tied the game at 4-4. The Huskies went on a 13-2 run over the next five minutes to open a 17-6 advantage with 12:12 remaining in the first half, but six unanswered points by the Redhawks cut their deficit to five at 21-16 with 8:25 left before halftime. Washington increased its lead back to 11 at 34-23, but once again Seattle U fought back, as a three-pointer by Carter with 1:17 left in the half brought the Redhawks within six before a layup by Aziz N'Diaye gave the Huskies an eight-point lead at 37-29 heading into halftime. The Huskies took control of the game early in the second half, going on a 12-1 scoring run over a four-minute span to increase their lead to 51-32. Back-to-back baskets by Broussard and Alex Jones cut the Redhawk deficit to 15, but seven straight points by Washington gave the Huskies at least a 20-point advantage for most of the final 12 minutes.
SCOUTING CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD: The Roadrunners come into Saturday's game with a 9-16 record, including a 7-7 record at home. After starting the season 8-5, including wins over Pepperdine, San Jose State, and Portland State, Cal State Bakersfield has lost 11 of its last 12 games and brings a five-game losing streak into Saturday's contest. The Roadrunners are scoring 69.8 points per game and giving up 76.1 points per contest. As a team, Cal State Bakersfield is shooting 40.3 percent from the field, including 34.0 percent from behind the three-point line, and 69.9 percent from the free throw line. Stephon Carter leads the team in several categories, averaging 15.0 points, 3.3 assists, and 2.4 steals (15th in Division I) per game. Donavan Bragg is scoring 14.3 points per game thanks in part to a .843 free throw percentage, 67th in the country. Alex Johnson is averaging 14.0 points per game as he has hit 75 three-pointers, 15th in the country in three-pointers made per game. Rashad Savage leads the way in rebounding with 9.9 boards per game to go along with 7.7 points per game.
SEATTLE U VS. CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD: This is the seventh meeting between Seattle University and Cal State Bakersfield, with the series currently tied, 3-3. These two teams first met during the 1981-82 season at a tournament hosted by Oregon Tech, with Cal State Bakersfield winning, 47-41. Cal State Bakersfield also won a home game during the 1994-95 season, 82-63, as well as a contest during the 2001-02 campaign at a tournament hosted by Western Oregon, 70-51. Seattle University has won the last three meetings, beginning with a 94-83 victory on Dec. 17, 2005, in Bakersfield. In that game five players scored in double figures for Seattle University, led by Bernard Seals with 28 points. On Feb. 16, 2009, Seattle U earned a 78-54 victory over the Roadrunners in Bakersfield. Last season, in the teams' first-ever meeting in Seattle, Alex Jones scored 21 points, including a crucial putback with 16.5 seconds left in regulation, to give Seattle U a 76-72 victory. For the game, Seattle U shot 40.8 percent (29-of-71) from the field, including 4-of-10 from behind the three-point line, and 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the free throw line. The Redhawks won the rebounding battle, 43-38, and forced Cal State Bakersfield into 27 turnovers.