STANFORD, Calif. – Seattle University men’s basketball got impressive debut performances from Terrell Brown and Anand Hundal, but the Redhawks could not withstand a hot second-half shooting performance from Stanford, falling 96-74 to the Cardinal Tuesday night in Maples Pavilion.
Brown paced four Redhawks in double figures, finishing with 16 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Hundal came off the bench to spark a big first-half run for Seattle U, and eventually finish with 13 points, including three triples.
“I liked some things that I saw tonight and there is a diamond in there that we can develop, but we’re not ready to play 40 minutes,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford. “We have to get serious about how we play defense. We can’t let a lack of offensive success affect the other side of the court. We were guilty of that tonight and that’s how Stanford got separation.”
Stanford (1-0) caught fire from deep in the second frame, going 8-of-11 from three. The Cardinal would finish 11-of-15 (73.3 percent) from deep, while also hitting 81.8 percent from the charity stripe (27-of-33) and 51.8 percent from the field.
A defensive battle early in both teams’ season opener, the Redhawks (0-1) broke things open with a 9-0 run for a 24-16 advantage with 7:42 to play in the first half. But Stanford would later answer with run of their own and five straight points by KZ Okpalak knotted the score at 35-35 with 1:44 on the clock.
The Cardinal would take a 40-36 lead into the break as five Redhawks were strapped with at least two fouls apiece, leading to 15 points from the charity stripe for the home team.
The second half surge by Stanford would be led by Cormac Ryan, who went a perfect 4-for-4 from deep in the frame. Ryan finished with 13 points in the half and 16 for the game. Okpalak led all scorers with 29 points, including 16 in the second half.
A three-point play by Brown would bring the Redhawks to within nine, 63-54, with 11:22 to play, but Seattle U would get no closer as Stanford cruised to the season-opening win.
Seattle U returns to the Redhawk Center for its home opener on Thursday, Nov. 8, hosting Puget Sound at 7 p.m.
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