KENT, Wash. – Seattle University men’s basketball cruised to a 82-59 win over visiting Bryant University in front of a big homecoming crowd Sunday at the accesso ShoWare Center. Myles Carter led all scorers with 25 points.
Seattle U’s (2-1) offense was powered in large part by its defense. Carter was dominant early on, positioning himself in the paint to swat any scoring opportunity that came his way. He would finish with 11 rebounds and three blocks.
“We wanted to come out and play 40 minutes of defense,” said junior guard Morgan Means who contributed a career-high 21 points. “We really set that out to be our main goal.”
Freshman Riley Grigsby’s physical presence combined with Carter’s defensive prowess caused multiple Bulldog turnovers, which would be paid off through aggressive drives to the basket by Terrell Brown, drawing contact and converting his free throws.
“When you out-rebound the other team by 15 and hold them to 33 percent shooting, generally things are going to go your way,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford.
Bryant’s (0-2) offense ran largely through Byron Hawkins who finished with 16 points.
Brown continued to show his worth to the Seattle U offense. A steal immediately after a Bryant rebound resulted in a quick bucket which brought the Seattle U homecoming crowd to their feet. Brown added 12 points coming off the bench.
“Terrell brought a great spark off the bench, I thought he played really well.” said Hayford.
Two big threes from Means in the middle of the first half helped extend the Redhawk lead and gave the Redhawks room to breathe.
Delante Jones hit a triple with 17:06 on the clock to bring the lead to 18 with a score of 42-24. The Redhawks largest lead of the night was 29.
Sophomore Aaron Nettles chipped in for the high-flying Redhawk offense. After hitting an open three with 7:41 left in the second half, Nettles took the charge in transition, giving the ball back to Seattle U. Nettles would hit another triple in the ensuing possession.
The game would end with all active players seeing game-time, and with the homecoming crowd being sent home with a win.
Seattle U look to build off the win on Wednesday against the Washington State Cougars at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent. Tip-off set for 7:00 pm.