SEATTLE - (Nov. 15) Legends Classic play continues Wednesday, Nov. 16 as Seattle University men’s basketball travels to South Bend, Ind., to face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Tip off from the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center is set for 7 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Pacific. The game will air live on the ACC Network Extra, which can be found via the WatchESPN app or WatchESPN.com. Fans can also tune in to Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr., on KTTH 770 AM.
• The Redhawks opened a five-game road trip at Colorado on Monday, dropping a 67-55 decision. Brendan Westendorf led the way with 17 points while Scott Ulaneo had a game-high 11 rebounds.
• 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. The season-opening win over Pacific Lutheran 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
This marks the first-ever meeting between Seattle University and the Fighting Irish.
ABOUT THE FIGHTING IRISH
Notre Dame opened the 2016-17 season with a 89-64 win over Bryant. Bonzie Colson led the Fighting Irish with 23 points while VJ Beachem added 22 and Steve Vasturia had 16. Notre Dame shot 49.2 percent from the field but just 18.8 percent from three (3-for-16). The Fighting Irish are coming off of back-to-back NCAA Elite Eight appearances in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Three starters return and nine total letterwinners. The 2016-17 squad also features three newcomers. Beachem averaged 12.0 ppg and 3.9 rpg in 2015-16 while Vasturia added 11.4 ppg and 3.2 apg.
LAST TIME OUT
Seattle University men’s basketball battled toe-to-toe for 20 minutes with the University of Colorado Monday night at the Coors Events Center. Leading 13-7 early and holding a 31-31 tie at the break. But a cold shooting spell, coupled with some big buckets by the Buffaloes sent the Redhawks to a 67-55 setback in the first of four road games as part of the 10th Annual Legends Classic. Brendan Westendorf scored the first bucket of the night and Aaron Menzies put down three dunks in the opening six minute of action to help SU open up a 13-7 advantage at the 13:41 mark. A Zack Moore three with 10:28 to go in the first half gave Seattle U its largest lead of the game, 19-11, and tenacious defense caused Colorado to call back-to-back timeouts. But the Buffs came back on the court and immediately put together an 8-0 run, knotting the score at 19 apiece. From their, neither team would lead by more than three in the half, and a pair of Westendorf free throws closed out the period with the core tied 31-31. A pair of William Powell free throws put SU ahead to start the second half, but Colorado slowly began to open up the game, outscoring the Redhawks 16-4 over the first eight minutes. A Westendorf three inside seven minutes to play trimmed the Colorado lead to five, 52-47. Wesley Gordon responded for CU with a jumper, but Westendorf answered once again, draining a baseline three while being fouled. The senior sank the and-one free throw to bring the Redhawks within three, 54-51, with six minute remaining. Seattle U would get no closer, however, as back-to-back threes by Josh Fortune opened back up an eight-point advantage with less than three minutes remaining. Westendorf finished with a game-high 17 points, but was the only Redhawk in double figures. Emmanuel Chibuogwu chipped in nine points and freshman Scott Ulaneo had a solid performance off the bench, adding seven points and 11 boards. The Redhawks shot just 30 percent from the field for the game, including 6-of-32 from three. Defensively, however, they used 11 steals to help force 19 CU turnovers. The Buffs also managed just 17 percent from beyond the arc (3-for-18) three days after hitting better than 61 percent in a win over Sacramento State.