SEATTLE - (Dec. 14) Riding its first win streak of the season, Seattle University men’s basketball hosts game five of an eight-game homestand on Thursday, Dec. 15 in the Connolly Complex. The Redhawks welcome their second straight Southwestern Athletic Conference opponent in Mississippi Valley State. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. and can be heard on KTTH 770 AM (mynorthwest.com) or watched on GoSeattleU.com.
• Free throws were key in a 63-58 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday, Dec. 12. Emmanuel Chibuogwu and Brendan Westendorf each sank a pair of late free throws to seal the Redhawk win.
• Aaron Menzies picked up his fourth double-double of the season in the UAPB win, finishing with 13 points and 11 boards.
• The win over UAPB was Head Coach Cameron Dollar’s 99th at Seattle U.
• The Redhawks scored a season-high 90 points in a 90-49 win over Great Falls on Saturday, Dec. 10. All 12 active Redhawks scored, including four in double figures.
• Aaron Menzies (18p, 16r) and William Powell (19p, 10r) each tallied a double-double in the Dec. 4 meeting with EWU, marking the second time this season that the duo collected double-digit points and rebounds in the same game.
• Freshman Morgan Means had a career-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in SU’s win over Northwest University (Dec. 1).
• Redshirt sophomore Malik Montoya has seen action in the last four games after missing the first six this year. The Federal Way, Wash., native suffered a season-ending knee injury 13 games into last season. He has appeared in SU’s last four games. He has contributed 2.8 ppg and has had four assists in each of the last two outings.
• The Redhawks have faced a pair of teams receiving votes in the polls (at the time of the game) including Colorado (Nov. 14) – a 67-55 loss – and UCF (Nov. 26) – a 67-51 setback.
• Aaron Menzies had a monster game in the 81-75 overtime win over ULM (Nov. 21), finishing with a career-high 35 points and 11 boards. The outing was the second double-double of the redshirt sophomore’s career and just his third double-digit scoring effort.
• Menzies’ 35 points marked the highest scoring output by a Redhawk since Mar. 13, 2015 when Isiah Umipig poured in 30 points vs. Missouri-Kansas City.
• Brendan Westendorf was named to the 10th Annual Legends Classic Cheney Subregional All-Tournament Team after posting 14 points versus ULM and a career-high 24 against EWU. The career-high was his seventh career 20-plus point effort in one-plus seasons as a Redhawk.
• William Powell also recorded a career-high night for SU with his 22-point, 10-rebound effort against ULM. The point total was a career high. The senior also went a perfect 12-for-12 from the free-throw line in the game.
ABOUT THE SERIES VS MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE
The first-ever meeting between Seattle U and Mississippi Valley State came on Dec. 6, 2015 in Seattle. The Redhawks had four players score in double-figures on their way to an 84-72 victory. Then senior center Jack Crook had 22 points and Manroop Clair came of the bench to add 22 points, including six threes. Brendan Westendorf finished with 18 points, nine assists and six rebounds while William Powell chipped in 11 points, six assists and nine rebounds.
RANKING THE REDHAWKS
• In games played through Dec 10, Seattle U is 64th in the nation and first in the WAC in free-throw percentage (74.0).
• Individually, Brendan Westendorf ranks sixth in the nation in free-throw percentage (96.4). The senior is 27-28 from the line this year.
• The team ranks 27th nationally in three-point attempts (274) and 66th nationally in total assists (158).
• Among WAC players, Westendorf is first in free-throw percentage (96.4), second in minutes played (32.4 per game) and 12th in scoring (14.8 ppg), while Aaron Menzies is fifth in rebounds (7.0 per game) and seventh in field goal percentage (.542). Morgan Means is seventh in steals with 1.6 per game and Zack Moore is fifth in three-pointers per game (2.3).