SEATTLE – Seattle University's men's basketball season came to a close Wednesday night in the opening round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament as a late rally fell just short and visiting Presbyterian College escaped with a 73-68 win.
The Redhawks close out the 2018-19 season with an 18-15 overall record, marking the first back-to-back seasons with 18 wins or more since 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Terrell Brown led three Redhawks in double-figures, finishing with a game-high 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. Freshman Riley Grigsby came off the bench to add 12 points on 5-7 shooting and Matej Kavas, who earned his first start since Jan. 5 at Grand Canyon, had 11 points. Myles Carter and Morgan Means chipped in nine points apiece.
Presbyterian was paced by Cory Hightower's 19 points and 10 boards. Davon Bell added 17 points and eight assists and Adam Glagler had 15 points.
"(Presbyterian) had some guys who played really well tonight, and we had a couple guys who had off nights and that's the different in a one-possession game in the last minute," said Head Coach Jim Hayford.
The Blue Hose (19-15) got off to a strong start, opening up a nine-point lead over the Redhawks, 17-8, with 11:57 to go in the first half. But Seattle U rallied back, using a quick 7-0 run to trim the spread to two. Four Means free-throws in the final minute of the half brought the Redhawks to within one possession, 34-31, heading into the break.
Presbyterian opened the second frame on fire, Higgins eight of their first 11 attempts on their way to opening up a 54-43 advantage with just under 12 minutes to play.
But the visitor would hit a cold spell as Seattle U finally began to find some offensive flow. A 10-0 Redhawk run capped by a Grigsby corner three knotted the score at 56-56 with 7:40 to play.
After Flagler hit one of two free throws, Carter finished a layup to give Seattle U it's first lead since the opening minutes, 58-57, with 6:55 to go.
But the Blue Hose would respond again, snapping their five-minute spell without a field goal and hitting five straight points to reclaim a four-point lead.
Seattle U would pull within one twice down the stretch, but could not pull ahead on their way to the five-point defeat.
"It's heartbreaking because we're throwing everything we have into building this program and you want to get over the hump, but once again we couldn't get over the hump," Hayford said postgame. "But now we get into the off season and we've got to get better, we've got to get more consistent."