SEATTLE - (Nov. 10) Seattle University men’s basketball is back, opening the 2016-17 season on Friday, Nov. 11 with an 8:00 p.m. tip off against Pacific Lutheran University. The season-opener is the first of six home games that will be contested on the Seattle U campus in the newly renovated Connolly Complex.
CONNOLLY COMPLEX SOLD OUT
Season tickets for Seattle U’s six home games scheduled to be played on campus at the Connolly Complex are sold out. Single-game tickets for the 10-game slate at KeyArena are still available, as are 10-game packs starting at $55. Call 206-398-GOSU (4678) or visit GoSeattleU.com/SUTickets for more information.
STUDENT TICKETS ARE FREE
Seattle University students can attend all men’s basketball home games for FREE - but be sure to get there early! Two hundred student tickets are available for every Connolly Complex home game. Arrive early, show your SU ID card and you are in! Students who attend Friday’s women’s basketball season opener versus Idaho at 5 p.m. gain first access to return for the men’s opener at 8 p.m. All students in attendance at both games will receive a free Redzone t-shirt. Free pizza will also be available for students in between games.
• Head Coach Cameron Dollar returns for his eighth season at the helm of the Redhawk program.
• The Redhawks return nine letterwinners, including three starters, from the 2015-16 squad that went 15-17 overall, 7-7 in Western Athletic Conference play and earned a second consecutive postseason appearance.
• The nine returners are joined by five newcomers, including one 2015-16 redshirt.
• Four Washington products adorn the Seattle U roster including senior Brendan Westendorf (Auburn, Wash.), senior Emmanuel Chibuogwu (Seattle), sophomore Malik Montoya (Federal Way, Wash.) and sophomore Zack Moore (Bellevue, Wash.).
• The Redhawk roster also features a wealth of international flavor with six countries represented, including the USA, Slovenia, Italy, Canada, Croatia and England.
• Seattle U was selected to finish fourth in the WAC in both the Preseason Coaches Poll and the Preseason Media Poll.
• Seniors Brendan Westendorf and William Powell were honored on the preseason WAC teams. Westendorf was a preseason First Team All-WAC selection by both the media and the coaches, while Powell earned Second Team selection by both groups.
ABOUT THE SERIES
Dating back to the 1945-46 season, Seattle University and Pacific Lutheran have 62 all-time meetings (including one exhibition game). Seattle U is 28-33 in those all-time meetings. In recent years, since making the return to NCAA Division I status, the Redhawks are a perfect 4-0 over the Lutes in regular-season games, while also earning an exhibition win to begin the 2011-12 season. The two teams last met on Dec. 1, 2014 at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., where Seattle U ran away with a 72-33 victory.
ABOUT THE LUTES
Pacific Lutheran opened its 2016-17 season with a 95-69 exhibition loss to Central Washington. Brandon Lester had 30 points in the losing effort, hitting 11-for-17 from the field, including 4-of-8 from deep. The Lutes finished 2015-16 with a record of 17-10 overall, going 9-7 in Northwest Conference play. They lost two time All-Conference honoree Bryce Miller, but are looking for big presence in the paint with senior Garth West and junior transfer Sean McLaughlin. The Lutes also return senior Brandon Lester who was the 2015-16 Northwest Conference second leading scorer at 17.4 ppg. Junior Dylan Foreman averaged 14.4 points per game, second most on the team. Head Coach Steve Dickerson begins his 11th season at the helm of the program.
Seattle University will be seeking its first season-opening win since the 2012-13 season. The Redhawks have dropped their last three season openers, last winning a season’s first game on Nov. 11, 2012 - an 87-72 victory over Montana State at KeyArena.
BACK ON CAMPUS
The Seattle University men’s basketball team formerly called the Connolly Complex home before returning to KeyArena for the 2009-10 season. While KeyArena remains the Redhawks primary home court, the program brings six of 16 home games back on campus to the newly renovated North Court this winter. In 2014-15, the Redhawks returned to the Connolly Center for one regular-season game, defeating Northwest University on Dec. 15, 2014, 84-58. With KeyArena unavailable during the postseason, Seattle U played both home CBI games in the Connolly Complex, defeating Pepperdine (62-45) and Colorado (72-65). Seattle U has now compiled a 207-141 (.595) record in the North Court, including a 14-game winning streak that began Nov. 5, 2008 with a perfect 10-0 mark during the 2008-09 season, and also included three wins during 2014-15 and a CBI win over Idaho last March.