SEATTLE - (Feb. 2) A three-game Western Athletic Conference homestand concludes on Saturday, Feb. 4 as Seattle University men’s basketball hosts Utah Valley University at KeyArena. The game is the culmination of a week of celebration on the Seattle University campus for Homecoming 2017. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will broadcast live on the American Sports Network. The local affiliate in Seattle is Comcast SportsNet Northwest. Fans outside the Seattle area should check their local cable/satellite listings. The game can also be heard on KTTH 770 AM (mynorthwest.com).
Seattle U is celebrating its 2017 Homecoming Feb. 1-5 as the Redhawks’ game versus UVU is a big part of that. Saturday’s full slate of activities begins with the SU Athletics Hall of Fame Luncheon at noon in the Campion Ballroom. Get downtown early to partake in the Pre-Game Redhawk Mega Rally, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Coke Corner on the KeyArena concourse. Need a ride to the game? Take Lyft from campus and use the code SUBB17UVU to get free rides to and from the game. At halftime, the 2017 Royals will be announced and SU students can stick around after the game for the Homecoming Dance. Full Homecoming Week information can be found at SeattleU.edu/homecoming.
Shooting a season-best 62.5 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from three Seattle U scored a season-high 96 points in a big 96-84 win over UTRGV on Saturday, Jan. 28. Sophomore Zack Moore led the charge with a career-high 33 points, including 8-for-10 from beyond the arc. His point total marks the second time this season a Redhawk have surpassed 30 points (Aaron Menzies, 35 points vs. ULM, 11/21/16). Senior Brendan Westendorf also achieved a career-best scoring total, finishing with 29 points. Classmate William Powell matched his career-best with 22 points. Moore led the team in scoring for the third time this season. The Bellevue, Wash., native snapped a three-game streak by Matej Kavas as the team’s scoring leader. Westendorf is leading SU with 17.2 ppg in WAC play. Kavas is averaging 14.2 ppg during league action while Moore is adding 11.5 ppg. Redshirt sophomore center Aaron Menzies has missed the last seven games due to a foot injury. Moore has replaced Menzies in the starting lineup.
ABOUT THE SERIES VS UTAH VALLEY
Seattle U and Utah Valley are meeting for the 13th time, with the Redhawks holding a slight 7-5 series edge, including the past three straight. The teams played a pair of close games in 2015-16, with the Redhawks winning 73-62 in Orem and 72-69 at KeyArena. The latter victory came on Brendan Westendorf’s second buzzer-beater of the season, this one snapping a 69-69 tie and propelling SU to victory on Senior Night.
The teams first met during the 2009-10 season, with Seattle U winning both meetings: 66-63 at KeyArena and 74-64 at the UCCU Center. In 2010-11, Utah Valley earned its first victory of the series in Orem, 89-73, before Seattle U took the rematch in Seattle, 63-57. Utah Valley swept the season series in 2011-12 with two victories in the span of a week: 77-72 in Orem and 84-74 in Seattle. After a one-year break, the two teams started their conference rivalry in 2013-14, with Utah Valley winning the first meeting in Orem, 52-51, and Seattle U winning the rematch at KeyArena, 71-57. In 2014-15, the Wolverines won the first meeting at the UCCU Center, 70-52. In the rematch at KeyArena, Seattle U stifled the Wolverine offense in a 53-33 victory.
MORE FROM MOORE
Zack Moore drained eight three pointers Feb. 28 versus UTRGV, including seven in the first half, finishing with a career-high 33 points and propelling SU to a 96-84 win. The sophomore went 8-for-10 from deep to tie the second most threes made in a single game by a Redhawk, and the first to hit eight since Isiah Umipig versus UMKC on March 13, 2015. The all-time record is nine, held by Aaron Waite (vs. Alaska Pacific, 1/6/90) and Bernard Seals (vs. Western Washington (3/3/05). Moore now has a team-high 54 threes and has 10 games this season with three or more triples.
KAVAS COMING ALIVE
Redshirt freshman Matej Kavas has come alive offensively in the Redhawks as WAC play has gotten underway. In the six league contests, Kavas is averaging 14.2 ppg, hitting nearly 51 percent from the field and 39 percent from beyond the arc. He has scored in double-figures in five of the six WAC games, including a career-high 24 points against Chicago State on Jan. 14.
WAC TOURNEY TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets for the 2017 WAC Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament are on sale now. The tournament begins Wednesday, March 8 with the women's first round of play, followed by a full day of men's action on Thursday, March 9. The championship games will be contested on Saturday, March 11. Currently available for purchase are $125 all-session passes, which consist of entry into 12 games over six sessions. Single-session tickets will not be available for purchase until March 8 and can only be purchased through the Orleans Arena Box Office. To purchase your all-session pass today, contact the Seattle U Athletics Ticket office at 206-398-GOSU (4678) or purchase online at GoSeattleU.com/SUtickets.
PREGAME AT BUCKLEY’S
Join your fellow Redhawks at Buckley’s on Queen Anne before every men’s basketball game at KeyArena. Pregame festivities begins at 4:30 p.m. You can also join in for more fun postgame!