ON THE FARM: Seattle University continues its California excursion, flying from Bakersfield to San Francisco Sunday and staying in Palo Alto for a couple of days in preparation for Tuesday's game against Stanford University at Maples Pavilion. Dave Grosby and Gary Hill, Jr., will broadcast the game live on 710 ESPN Seattle, beginning with the pregame show shortly before tipoff. Seattle U brings a modest two-game road winning streak into Tuesday's game, but Stanford should prove to be more formidable than the previous two opponents the Redhawks faced on their home floors. This will be the third game the Redhawks play against a Pac-10 opponent this season, with Seattle U collecting a win against Oregon State and a loss to Washington earlier this season.
THE CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD GAME: Seattle University hit 17-of-23 field goal attempts in the second half, including 8-of-10 shots from behind the three-point line, to pull away from Cal State Bakersfield for a 73-54 victory Saturday night at Rabobank Arena. Chad Rasmussen shot 8-of-10 from behind the three-point line as he led all players with a career-high 24 points. Alex Jones nearly earned a double-double, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Sterling Carter contributed 11 points and five rebounds to the winning effort. After Garrett Lever 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. 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.
SCOUTING STANFORD: The Cardinal come into Tuesday's game with a 14-14 record, including a 7-10 record in Pac-10 play. Stanford is a perfect 6-0 at home against non-conference opponents, including an 81-60 victory over Virginia Nov. 18. The Cardinal is scoring 66.4 points per game and giving up 64.7 points per contest. As a team, Stanford is shooting 43.2 percent from the field, including 35.8 percent from behind the three-point line, and 66.5 percent from the free throw line. Jeremy Green leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.2 points per game. Green is 30th in the country in three-point field goal percentage (.416) and 50th in three-pointers made per game (2.6). Josh Owens is averaging 12.0 points per game as well as a team-high 6.7 rebounds per contest. He is shooting 58.6 percent from the field, 17th in Division I in field goal percentage.
SEATTLE U VS. STANFORD: This will be the third meeting all-time between Seattle University and Stanford, with the Cardinal winning both previous meetings. On Dec. 19, 1984, Stanford earned an 83-46 victory over then-NAIA school Seattle U. Stanford also earned a 105-54 victory over Seattle U Dec. 13, 1985. These two teams are scheduled to meet at KeyArena next season.
CRACKING THE RECORD BOOKS: Freshman guard Sterling Carter has made 72 three-pointers this season, moving into seventh place on the Seattle University list for three-pointers made in a single season. He needs two long distance baskets to move into sixth place, past Adam Enfield's 2001-02 total of 73 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 fifth place on the Seattle U single-season steals list with his 67 steals, with Dave Anderson next on the list with 68 steals in 1984-85. Ray Brooks holds the single-season record for steals with 84, accomplished in the 1984-85 season.
THE RELUCTANT WARRIOR: Aaron Broussard started the season with two double-doubles in the first three games, earning 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Maryland and Cal Poly contests. He helped Seattle U earn its first victory of the season with nine points, 12 rebounds, and four assists against Oregon State. He posted career-high scoring totals of 25 points against UC Irvine and 26 points against Navy, pulling down nine rebounds in each contest. Those performances helped put him on the All-Tournament Team at the UC Irvine subregional of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. On Nov. 29, he hit the go-ahead three-pointer on his way to a 20-point, 12-rebound performance as SU defeated Montana State, 72-70. Broussard currently leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Broussard has notched seven double-doubles so far this season. He needs 75 points to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career.
STUFFING THE STAT SHEET: Senior guard Garrett Lever has been doing the little things to contribute to the team's effort so far this season. The son of former NBA player Fat Lever, he has earned 3.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.75 assists, and 2.4 steals per game. Lever finds himself in the right places on the court, as he is currently second on the team in rebounding and leads the way in steals for the second straight season. He scored a season-high 11 points, plus he grabbed eight rebounds, at San Francisco on Nov. 12 and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds at UC Irvine on Nov. 20. In the Nov. 17 victory over Oregon State, Lever added seven points and six rebounds to the winning effort. Lever has pulled down at least five rebounds in 19 games so far this season. He has also done a good job of slowing down the opponent's best scorer. For example, he held Xavier Silas of Northern Illinois, currently the seventh-leading scorer in the country, to six points on 2-of-9 shooting from the field.
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Alex Jones started the season by leading the Redhawks with 20 points at Maryland on Nov. 8. He contributed 10 points in the home opener against Cal Poly and 11 points in the Redhawks' 83-80 victory over Oregon State. Jones took advantage of a favorable matchup against UC Irvine, finishing with 19 points, four rebounds, and two assists. On Dec. 18 against San Jose State, he scored a season-high 21 points in part on 6-of-6 field goal shooting. He repeated that 21-point performance Jan. 6 against Eastern Washington, shooting 7-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Jan. 8 against Cal State Northridge, Jones notched a career-high 29 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field and 10-of-11 shooting from the free throw line. Overall, he is averaging 11.3 points per game so far this season.
RETURNING TO FORM: Junior guard Cervante Burrell has been showing signs of returning to the form he showed last season. He struggled at the start of the season before exploding for a then-career-high 22 points in the victory over Oregon State. That started an 11-game stretch in which he averaged 13.9 points per game despite suffering a leg injury against Portland State Dec. 1. He looked like he was back to normal in mid-January with 18 points at Utah Valley and a double-double at Cal State Northridge with 20 points and 10 rebounds. After slumping for a few games, Burrell has reemerged in the last four contests. First, he made several key plays in helping Seattle U defeat Utah Valley Feb. 9, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Against UC Davis Feb. 15, he scored 16 points and once again dished out five assists. He led Seattle U last Saturday at Northern Illinois with 17 points, plus he collected seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Against Washington last Tuesday, he scored a career-high 26 points, including several early points to keep the Redhawks close in the first half. This season he is fourth in scoring at 11.1 points per game and leads in assists with 3.4 assists per contest.
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CELEBRATION: Join the Seattle University men's basketball team and coaching staff for a very special night as the accomplishments of the 2010-11 season are celebrated at the annual Team Banquet and Silent Auction. This year's festivities will take place Sunday, March 13, in the lower level banquet room of The Space Needle. The silent auction and no-host cocktail portion of the program will begin at 5 p.m., with the dinner program set to start at 6:30 p.m. Guests are asked to dress business casual, and tickets go for $60 per person, or a table of 10 can be purchased for $550. Anyone interested in attending is asked to respond by Monday, March 7. For more information go online to GoSeattleU.com, or contact Greg Sempadian at email@example.com or 206-398-4420.
A NATIONAL SCHEDULE: With the addition of the game at Northern Illinois, Seattle University will play at least one game in every time zone in the lower 48 states during the 2010-11 season. The Redhawks started the season in the Eastern time zone at Maryland Nov. 8, plus played a second game in that time zone Dec. 22 at Virginia. Seattle U has played two games this season in the Mountain time zone: at Weber State (Dec. 4) and at Utah Valley (Jan. 13). The remaining 26 contests will take place in the Pacific time zone: 13 games in Washington (12 home games plus Dec. 15 at Eastern Washington), 11 games in California, one game in Oregon (Dec. 1 at Portland State), and one game in Idaho (March 5 at Idaho). This will be the second straight year that Seattle U has played a game in the Central time zone, as the Cameron Dollar era began Nov. 14, 2009, in Stillwater, Okla., with Seattle U's game against Oklahoma State.
FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT: The Seattle University men's basketball team will end the 2010-11 season with a home game against Portland State Thursday, March 10, beginning at 7:10 p.m. at KeyArena. Before the game, seniors Alex Jones and Garrett Lever will be honored for their contributions to the Seattle U men's basketball program over the past two seasons. Details are still being finalized, but the game will also serve as Fan Appreciation Night, as Seattle University thanks its loyal supporters for coming to the Key all year long.
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.
LOOKING AHEAD: New season tickets deposits for 2011-12 are now being accepted. All new 2011-12 accounts confirmed prior to June 1 shall receive the discounted renewal pricing, a 25% savings. To secure your new season tickets, please call the ticket office at 206.398.GOSU (4678). Existing season ticket renewals for 2011-12 will be beginning on April 1, and information will be sent out via email and regular mail. As of right now, Seattle University will be welcoming Stanford, Virginia, San Francisco, and Pepperdine, among others, to KeyArena at Seattle Center.