SEATTLE - (Dec. 21) Seattle University men’s basketball (7-5) rides a four-game win streak into Thursday’s crosstown rivalry match-up against the University of Washington (6-5). The game serves as the annual Elgin Baylor Classic, presented this year by BECU, Swinomish Lodge and Casino, Tulalip Resort Casino and the Washington Athletic Club. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. at KeyArena and can be heard on KTTH 770 AM (mynorthwest.com) or watched on the WAC Digital Network.
Through 12 games, Seattle U is holding opponents to a 38.9 field goal percentage, a mark that ranks second in the Western Athletic Conference and 37th in the nation. The defensive effort is also the lowest during Head Coach Cameron Dollar’s tenure, dating back to the 2009-10 season. The Redhawks’ best field goal percentage defense at the conclusion of a season was in 2014-15 when they held opponents to a 39.7 average.
The Redhawks have scored 80 points or more in six of 12 games this season. With that, the team is averaging 73.5 ppg, the most since averaging 71.3 ppg in 2013-14 and nearly 10 points more per game than their 64.8 ppg average one year ago. Seattle U has three players averaging double-figures in Brendan Westendorf (14.0 ppg), Aaron Menzies (13.3 ppg) and William Powell (10.9 ppg). Two others average nearly nine per contest in Morgan Means (8.8 ppg) and Zack Moore (8.4 ppg).
• Seattle U’s 82-67 win over Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 15 was Head Coach Cameron Dollar’s 100th at the helm of the Redhawk program. He is now 101-126 in his career at Seattle U.
• Aaron Menzies picked up his fourth double-double of the season in the UAPB (Dec. 12) win, finishing with 13 points and 11 boards.
• 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 five 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 3.0 ppg and 13 assists in those five games.
• 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 WASHINGTON
Washington leads the all-time series over Seattle U, 27-4, including a current 11-game winning streak. The crosstown series was brought back as a late addition to the 2008-09 season after Washington lost a home game to weather earlier in the year. On March 3, 2009, the Huskies defeated the Redhawks, 87-60. The two schools negotiated a deal to play once each season, starting Jan. 26, 2010, at Washington, a game won by the Huskies, 123-76. In front of more than 11,000 fans at KeyArena on Feb. 22, 2011, Washington defeated Seattle U, 95-74. On Jan. 10, 2012, at Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle U pulled into a 76-76 tie with 4:53 remaining in the second half before Washington pulled away for a hard-fought 91-83 victory. Washington defeated Seattle U 87-74 on Dec. 13, 2012, at KeyArena, and 88-78 on Nov. 10, 2013, at UW. On Dec. 22, 2015, the Huskies claimed a 79-68 win at Alaska Airlines Arena. UW finished with just one more field goal that SU, and the same number of three-pointers (7), but went 14-for-16 from the free-throw line to the Redhawks’ 5-for-13 mark.