SEATTLE - (Nov. 20) Seattle University returns to the Pacific Northwest to continue play in the 10th Annual Legends Classic. The Redhawks’ final two games of the Classic will be contested in Cheney, Wash., beginning Monday, Nov. 21 with a 3:35 p.m. tip off against Louisiana Monroe. Play concludes on Tuesday, Nov. 22 when SU faces either host Eastern Washington or Bryant, depending on each team’s Monday result. Fans can tune in to Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr., on KTTH 770 AM for both games.
• The Redhawks dropped a pair of games on the road last week as part of the Legends Classic. In a 67-55 loss at Colorado, Brendan Westendorf led the way with 17 points while Scott Ulaneo had a game-high 11 rebounds. At Notre Dame, redshirt freshman Matej Kavas had a career-high 11 points in a 92-49 setback.
• 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 VS ULM
This marks the first-ever meeting between Seattle University and the Warhawks.
ABOUT THE WARHAWKS
Louisiana-Monroe is 1-2 to start the 2016-17 season. The Warhawks opened with a 96-63 win over Centenary and have since faced setbacks to No. 23 Texas (80-59) and Colorado (89-70). Through their first three games, they are shooting 42 percent from the field and 35 percent from three. ULM has struggled from the charity stripe, hitting just 57.4 percent on 47 attempts. Their opponents have earned 82 chances and are shooting at a 72 percent clip. Jordan Harris leads four Warhawks averaging double digits. The junior guard has come off the bench to put up 15.7 ppg. Second -leading scorer (12.7 ppg) Marvin Jean-Pierre also comes off the bench. Travis Munnings is averaging a near double-double with 12.3 ppg and 9.7 rpg.
ABOUT THE SERIES VS EASTERN WASHINGTON
Seattle U is 8-14 all-time against the Eagles, dating back to the 1945-46 season. In the Redhawks’ modern-day Division I era, SU is 5-6 in a very back-and-forth series. Seattle U won the first meeting in its return to DI, 63-59, in overtime at EWU during the 2008-09 season. The teams would go on to split a home-and-home series the next two years, each winning on their home courts. Seattle U won the lone meeting in 2011-12 and EWU won four straight before the Redhawks prevailed for a 58-52 win at KeyArena on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Brendan Westendorf led the way in the win, pouring in 20 points to go along with six boards and three assists.
ABOUT THE EAGLES
Eastern Washington is 1-2 entering Monday’s game against Bryant. The Eagles own a season-opening, 70-47 win over Linfield, followed by losses at Northwestern, 86-72, and No. 23 Texas, 85-52. Bogdan Bliznyuk paces the Eagles with 17.0 ppg, shooting better than 50 percent from the field (22-for-43). Jacob Wiley adds 12.3 ppg and Feliz Von Hofe rounds out a trio of players averaging double-digit points, chipping in 11.7 per game. Von Hofe has hit 10-of-12 from three as all but one of his field goals has come from deep. The Eagles have managed just 24 trips to the charity stripe (20-for-24) while opponents are 48-for-61 (78.7 percent).
ABOUT THE SERIES VS BRYANT
The potential Tuesday match-up between the Redhawks and Bulldogs would be the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
ABOUT THE BULLDOGS
Bryant is 1-2 entering Monday’s match-up against Eastern Washington. The Bulldogs opened the year with an 89-64 loss at Notre Dame. They followed with an 88-61 win back at home against Salve Regina, then began a five-game road swing with a 109-70 loss at No. 14 Gonzaga. Bryant is getting 18.0 ppg from Nisre Zouzoua, 15.3 ppg from Adam Grant and 12.7 ppg from Sebastian Townes. Grant and Zouzoua have combined to hit 16 of the Bulldogs’ 19 three-pointers through three games.
LAST TIME OUT
A hot shooting night by the Fighting Irish, coupled with turnovers and cold shooting by the Redhawks sent Seattle University men’s basketball to a 92-49 setback at Notre Dame Wednesday night in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. After managing just a 3-for-16 effort from three four days ago against Bryant, the Fighting Irish came out on fire, hitting 10-for-18 from deep in the first half. V.J. Beachem went 3-for-4 in the frame and Matt Ryan was 3-for-5 as UND built a 31-point halftime lead. It took nearly two minutes before either team would find the bottom of the bucket, the ice finally broken by an Aaron Menzies dunk at the 18:04 mark. A pair of William Powell free throws gave SU (1-2) a brief lead with 17:32 to go and his layup at the 16-minute mark made it 7-6 UND. But the Irish (2-0) would find their mark. Steve Vastoria would score five straight points, Bonzie Colson put down a dunk and Beachem added a dunk and three of his own as the 12-0 run opened up a 19-6 advantage with 12:03 to go. Notre Dame would never look back, building its lead to as many as 46 before the final balance. Seattle U shot just 29 percent from the field for the game, including 9-for-30 from three.