SEATTLE - (Nov. 13) A five-game road trip begins Monday, Nov. 14 as Seattle University men’s basketball (1-0) faces Pac-12 member Colorado (1-0) at the Coors Events Center as part of the 10th Annual Legends Classic. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Mountain Time, 6 p.m. Pacific, and will air live on the Pac-12 Network.
• Seattle U opened the 2016-17 season with a 76-65 win over Pacific Lutheran in the Connolly Complex on Nov. 11. Brendan Westendorf led the way with 22 points while William Powell had an all-around solid performance, finishing with 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Zack Moore added 15 points off the bench, hitting five triples.
• Head Coach Cameron Dollar returns for his eighth season at the helm of the Redhawk program. last Friday’s win was his 95th at Seattle U.
• 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 Zachary 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
Seattle University holds a 2-0 all-time record against Colorado, including a postseason victory during the 2014-15 season. The first-ever meeting took place more than 50 years ago. On Dec. 17, 1965, in the first round of the Sun Devil Classic in Tempe, Ariz., Seattle U defeated Colorado, 86-69. Two seasons ago, the teams met in the quarterfinals of the 2015 College Basketball Invitational (CBI). The Redhawks rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to claim a 72-65 victory over the Buffs on March 23, 2015 in the Connolly Complex.
ABOUT THE BUFFS
Colorado opened its 2016-17 season with a 90-53 win over Sacramento State on Nov. 11 at the Coors Events Center in Boulder. Ten Buffs scored at least six points each as CU shot 53.3 percent from the field and nearly 62 percent from three (13-for-21). Dominique Collier came off the bench to hit four triples for a team-high 12 points. Under seventh-year head coach Tad Boyle, the Buffs return four fifth-year seniors – Wesley Gordon, Xavier Johnson, Josh Fortune and Derrick White – along with fourth-year junior George King. The Buffs have been to the postseason in all six of Boyle’s years at Colorado, including NCAA Tournament appearances in four of the last five years. In 2015-16, CU went 22-12 overall and 10-8 in the Pac-12 before bowing out of the NCAA Tournament in a first-round loss to UConn.
DOLLAR VS. PAC-12
This will be the 15th game between Seattle U and a Pac-12 squad since Cameron Dollar took over as head coach in 2009. The Redhawks are 3-11 in the previous 14 games, with two victories coming against Oregon State: – 99-48 in Corvallis Jan. 6, 2010, and 83-80 at KeyArena Nov. 17, 2010 – and one against Colorado – 72-65 at the Connolly Complex on Mar. 23, 2015. Seattle U is 0-7 against Washington, 0-3 against Stanford and 0-1 against Cal. On Nov. 24, 2009, Seattle U defeated Utah in Salt Lake City, 77-74, while the Utes were still in the Mountain West Conference.
LAST TIME OUT
The senior due of Brendan Westendorf and William Powell led Seattle University men’s basketball in its 2016-17 season opener Friday night in the Connolly Complex. The two combined for 40 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists as the Redhawks earned a 76-65 win over visiting Pacific Lutheran. Westendorf finished the night with 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. Powell flirted with a triple doubles, matching his career-high with 18 points to go along with a career-high eight assists and seven boards. Seattle U also got a solid output off the bench from sophomore Zack Moore who hit 5-of-7 from three for 15 points. The Redhawks started off hot, scoring the game’s first eight points, capped by a Westendorf old-fashion three-point play. The Lutes would find their way back into the game midway through the half and held a three-point, 24-21 lead with 5:02 to go. Matej Kavas answered with four straight points for Seattle U and, following a Lester jumper, Moore and Westendorf hit back-to-back threes to open up a six point SU lead. PLU trimmed the spread back down to two, 34-32, but the Redhawks went on to score the final six points of the half to take a 39-32 lead into the break. While the pesky Lutes would never go away, cutting the Redhawk lead back down to two early in the second half, Westendorf, Powell and Moore continued to counter every run. A Kyle Sawtell three made it 64-60, SU with 3:19 remaining. But Pacific Lutheran would get no closer as the Redhawks closed the game on a 12-5 run.