Chad Rasmussen (University Place, Wash.) shot 8-of-10 from behind the three-point line as he led all players with a career-high 24 points. Alex Jones (Phoenix, Ariz.) nearly earned a double-double, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Sterling Carter (Seattle, Wash.) contributed 11 points and five rebounds to the winning effort.
"I am extremely proud of our guys for having the energy to compete from start to finish," head coach Cameron Dollar said. "Chad was sensational shooting the ball tonight, and it was all set up by everyone making the extra pass."
After Garrett Lever (Phoenix, Ariz.) scored the first basket of the game, Cal State Bakersfield went on a 14-3 scoring run over the next four minutes to open a 14-5 advantage. A three-pointer by Rasmussen started the Redhawks on the comeback trail, as Seattle U scored the next seven points to pull within two at 14-12 with 12:10 left in the first half.
Donald Johnson hit a three-pointer with 11:42 left before halftime, but that would prove to be Cal State Bakersfield's last field goal until there were 20 seconds remaining in the first half. In that span, Seattle U outscored the Roadrunners, 19-3, to open an 11-point lead before Alex Johnson ended the field goal drought with 20 seconds left to make the score 31-22 in the Redhawks' favor at halftime.
Ivan Matip scored early in the second half to cut the Redhawk lead to seven, but back-to-back three-pointers by Carter gave the Redhawks a 13-point advantage. After four straight points by the Roadrunners, two layups by Jones, three three-pointers from Rasmussen, and another long distance basket by Carter gave Seattle U a 53-32 lead eight minutes into the second half, and the Redhawks kept making shots to clinch their largest margin of victory of the season.
Aaron Broussard (Federal Way, Wash.) saw his 13-game streak of scoring in double digits snapped, but he did contribute eight points, six rebounds, and three assists. Lever finished with six points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Cervante Burrell (Sacramento, Calif.) dished out a season-high eight assists to go along with six points, four rebounds, and two steals.
Cal State Bakersfield (9-17) was led by Donavan Bragg, who scored 17 points, and Rashad Savage, who earned eight points and a game-high 14 rebounds. For the game, the Roadrunners shot 32.1 percent (17-of-53) from the field, including 6-of-22 from behind the three-point line, and 60.9 percent (14-of-23) from the free throw line.
Seattle U finished the night at 50 percent (28-of-56) field goal shooting, including 11-of-20 from behind the three-point line, and 60 percent (6-of-10) free throw shooting. The Redhawks won the rebounding battle, 39-33, earned 20 assists for their 28 made field goals, and took better advantage of turnovers, scoring 24 points off 15 Roadrunner turnovers while Cal State Bakersfield scored only 10 points off 15 Redhawk turnovers.
Seattle University (11-17) heads to northern California to prepare for Tuesday's game against the Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavilion beginning at 7 p.m. Dave Grosby and Gary Hill, Jr., will broadcast the game live from courtside on 710 ESPN Seattle starting with the pregame show shortly before tipoff.