THE LAST RIDE: For the final time in the 2010-11 season, the Seattle University men's basketball team will get on a plane and head out for a road game, this time making the short trip to Moscow, Idaho, to face the Vandals Saturday night. Dave Grosby and Gary Hill, Jr., will be courtside for the broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle, beginning with the pregame show shortly before the 7 p.m. tipoff. Seattle U has seen recent success on the road, winning two of its last three games away from home and competing with Pac-10 school Stanford this past Tuesday. The Redhawks are looking for the season sweep over Idaho, while the Vandals are hoping to gain positive momentum heading into the WAC Tournament next week.
THE STANFORD GAME: A spurt by Stanford University at the start of the second half proved to be the difference as the Cardinal fought off a determined Seattle University squad, 77-66, Tuesday night at Maples Pavilion. Cervante Burrell scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, plus he pulled down eight rebounds and earned three steals. Alex Jones also scored 15 points, while Aaron Broussard collected 13 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals and Sterling Carter contributed 12 points during the evening. Stanford took its biggest lead of the first half with seven minutes left at 22-14 when Josh Owens hit back-to-back shots, but the Redhawks responded with a 7-0 run to cut the Cardinal lead to 22-21 with three minutes left. After Green hit his second three-pointer of the half, Carter nailed consecutive long distance baskets to allow Seattle U to go into the locker room at halftime down by only one point, 28-27. The Cardinal took control of the game at the start of the second half, coming out of the locker room on a 12-1 scoring run, led by nine points from Brown. Chad Rasmussen broke the Seattle U scoring drought with a three-pointer, but Stanford kept the Redhawks at arm's length with easy baskets. Down by as much as 14 points in the second half, the Redhawks battled back, with Burrell scoring six points as part of a Seattle U 8-1 run that brought the visitors to within six at 67-61 with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. However, Stanford hit 10-of-12 free throws in the final two-and-a-half minutes to solidify its victory.
SCOUTING IDAHO: The Vandals come into Saturday's game with a 17-12 overall record, including a 9-5 record at home. Idaho is currently in third place in the Western Athletic Conference standings with a 9-7 conference record after Thursday's 69-66 victory over Fresno State. The Vandals have won five of their last seven games, including a 64-56 victory over Utah State that is the Aggies' only conference loss of the season. Idaho is scoring 67.3 points per game and giving up 65.9 points per contest. As a team, the Vandals are shooting 46.1 percent from the field, including 38.5 percent from behind the three-point line, and 72.0 percent from the free throw line. Jeff Ledbetter leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.3 points per game. He is tied for 14th in Division I in three-pointers per game (3.0) and eighth in the country in three-point field goal percentage (46.2%). Kyle Barone is the other Vandal averaging in double figures with 10.8 points per game along with a team-high 5.8 rebounds per contest.
SEATTLE U VS. IDAHO: Seattle University and Idaho are meeting for the 24th time in the history of the two basketball programs, with Seattle U holding a 14-9 series edge. These two teams first met in the 1949-50 season, with Idaho winning at home, 54-36. Idaho also won the meeting in 1951-52, also in Moscow, 74-71. The first meeting in Seattle took place in the 1959-60 season, with Seattle U earning an overtime victory, 78-77. Idaho gained revenge later that season with a 68-56 victory in Moscow. After Idaho won in 1960-61, Seattle U began a 12-game winning streak in the series with a home victory in 1961-62, followed by three wins in 1962-63 (85-71 in Portland, 77-72 in Moscow, 95-88 in Seattle). Seattle U swept home-and-home sets in 1963-64 and 1964-65, plus defeated Idaho in Moscow in 1965-66 (99-89) and in Seattle in 1966-67 (70-60). Seattle U swept Idaho in 1968-69, but Idaho would win the next five meetings. That streak started in 1985-86, continued in 1992-93 and 1993-94, and was extended further with two Idaho victories last season.
LAST MEETING: Cervante Burrell earned the 2010 Elgin Baylor Classic MVP Award with a game-high 20-point performance, while Aaron Broussard notched his fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds as Seattle University withstood an Idaho rally midway through the second half for a 66-56 victory Dec. 11 at KeyArena. Shawn Henderson shot 8-of-11 from the field to finish with a team-high 17 points, while Kyle Barone came off the bench and contributed 10 points.
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.
CRACKING THE RECORD BOOKS: Freshman guard Sterling Carter has made 74 three-pointers this season, moving into sixth place on the Seattle University list for three-pointers made in a single season. He needs two long distance baskets to move into fourth place, past the 75 three-pointers Justin White made in 1995-96 and Jeff Nelson converted in 2000-01. 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 a tie for fourth place on the Seattle U single-season steals list with his 68 steals, equaling Dave Anderson's total in 1984-85. Eric Briggs currently sits in third place with 69 steals in 1987-88. Ray Brooks holds the single-season record for steals with 84, accomplished in the 1984-85 season.
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.
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.