SEATTLE – Seattle University men’s basketball used a 22-4 run to erase a 20-point deficit and pull within two with two minutes to play against the University of Washington Sunday evening at Alaska Airlines Arena. But in similar fashion to the match-up between the two teams one year ago, a late Redhawk turnover and free-throw shooting by the Huskies led SU to a 70-62 defeat.
The Redhawks drop to 9-3 on the season as their six-game win streak was snapped. Washington moves to 7-3 overall.
Morgan Means led the Seattle U charge late in the second half on his way to finishing with a game-high 21 points. With Seattle U trailing 58-38 with 13:21 to play, the junior guard scored nine straight points, cutting the spread to 60-47. Delante Jones sank a pair of free throws and Terrell Brown knocked down a jumper in the paint to trim the deficit to nine, 60-51.
Means would add five more points in during the run before Myles Carter hit one of two free throws, followed by a lefty hook shot in the paint to make it a two-point ball game, 62-60, with 2:04 to play.
Washington's Noah Dickerson and Carter traded buckets and Dominic Green added a layup for UW to make it 66-62 with 1:03 to go.
The Redhawks missed on their next possession and were forced to foul, sending David Crisp to the line for two. Trailing by six with 16 ticks remaining, Crisp broke up a pass from Brown and Jaylen Nowell sank two free throws for the final score.
"UW was the better team tonight," said Head Coach Jim Hayford. "I love that my team played hard until the end, but in the middle part of the game we got rattled and didn't look cohesive. However, we shorted up and finished the game well. We got it down to a two point game, which was right where we were last year, but then they beat us in the last minute and we didn’t execute down the stretch."
Joining Means in double figures was Carter with 15 points and Delante Jones with 10. Brown finished with nine assists and Carter and Matej Kavas had seven rebounds apiece, but the Redhawks were out-rebounded 40-29.
"Morgan showed great leadership down the stretch and Myles came through as well," said Hayford. "But UW's zone really rattled us and that’s what built their big lead. And then we were able to start playing downhill and the game changed the last 10 minutes but it wasn’t enough."
Early threes by Jones and Kavas, along with a free throw from Brown had Seattle U out to a quick 7-2 advantage to open play.
But the Huskies zone defense and patient offense slowly put the home team in the driver’s seat. UW would shoot better than 57 percent from the field in the frame, including 6-9 from three. They also collected six offensive boards an 11-0 second-chance points advantage.
After trailing by as many as 11 in the first half, the Redhawks would score the final four points on a pair of free throws from Means and a Riley Grigsby layup to trail 41-34 at the break.
The home team took command of the game early in the second with a 10-2 that opened up a 51-36 spread and forced a Seattle U timeout with 16:33 to play. The Redhawks’ offensive dry spell would last five minutes, eventually snapped by a Brown layup at the 14:46 mark.
A pair of Dickerson free throws with 13:21 to play made it 58-38 before Seattle U put together it's 22-4 run.
Nowell led UW with 18 points while Dickerson added 13. Crisp and Green chipped in 11 apiece.
Seattle U takes a weeklong break from action for fall quarter finals before heading back on the road at the University of Portland on Monday, Dec. 17. Tip-off set for 7:00 p.m. from the Chiles Center.