SEATTLE - (Dec. 29) Following an eight-game homestand that spanned nearly the entire month of December, Seattle University men’s basketball closes out its non-conference slate, and 2016, on the road at UC Santa Barbara Friday, Dec. 30. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. at the Thunderdome on the UCSB campus and can be heard on KTTH 770 AM (mynorthwest.com) or watched on BigWestTV (BigWest.org).
Despite a valiant second-half comeback, Seattle U dropped a 72-65 decision to UC Davis on Dec. 28, closing out an eight-game homestand with a 5-3 record. The Redhawks tallied five wins during the home stretch, including four straight from Dec. 10-19. Standing 7-7 overall, a win at UC Santa Barbara would give SU its third winning record in non-conference play over the bast five seasons. The Redhawks went 11-9 in 2014-15 and 8-6 in 2013-14.
MORE FROM MOORE
Sophomore guard Zack Moore continues to light it up from deep. The Bellevue, Wash., native drained five three-pointers in the Redhawks’ 72-65 setback to UC Davis on Dec. 28. It marked the second time this season that Moore had five triples in a game. He leads the team with 35 threes on the year and has had at least one three in all but one game. In games played through Dec. 28, Moore ranks fifth in the WAC with 2.5 three’s per game. He also ranks sixth in total three pointers. His 17-point output vs the Aggies tied a career high while his five threes in a single game also tied his personal best.
ABOUT THE SERIES VS UC SANTA BARBARA
This will be the 11th meeting all-time between Seattle University and UC Santa Barbara, with teams sitting with five wins apiece in the series. The teams last met exactly one year ago to the date of this season’s matchup. On Dec. 30, 2015 in KeyArena, the Redhawks suffered an ugly 88-50 setback to the Gauchos. The second half did Seattle U in, as UCSB hit better than 57 percent from the field in the frame while the Rdhawks managed just eight field goals on 34 attempts (23.5%). Jack Crook had 13 points and Emmanuel Chibuogwu added 10.
The two teams played each other every season from 1963-64 through 1967-68, with Seattle U winning all five meetings. UCSB earned its first victory over Seattle U at home during the 1969-70 campaign, a 105-98 victory. In the 1977-78 season in Las Vegas, UCSB earned a 58-55 victory. They would not see each other again on the basketball court until Dec. 30, 2013, when UCSB defeated Seattle U at KeyArena, 86-70. In 2014-15, in Santa Barbara, UCSB won 87-46.
• The Redhawks won four straight games from Dec. 10-19, including wins over Great Falls, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Mississippi Valley State and Southern Utah. The streak was halted by a 94-72 setback to Washington on Dec. 22.
• 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 101-127 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.