SEATTLE - (Feb. 7) Following a home-heavy January, Seattle University men’s basketball plays five of its final seven regular-season contests on the road, beginning Thursday, Feb. 9 at Chicago State. Tip off from the Jones Convention Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. Central Time, 5 p.m. Pacific. The game can be heard live on KTTH 770 AM (mynorthwest.com).
Seattle U closed out a three-game homestand with a 63-50 win over Utah Valley on Saturday, Feb. 4 at KeyArena. The Redhawks’ defense was phenomenal in the first half, holding the Wolverines to just 16.7 percent from the field. Marking the fourth time this season that the Redhawks had held an opponent under 60 points, they improved to a perfect 4-0 when doing so. Matej Kavas came off the bench to lead SU with 18 points, marking the sixth time this season that the redshirt freshman has led the team in scoring. The win gave SU back-to-back wins to close out the homestead following a 96-84 victory over UTRGV on Jan. 28. Westendorf is leading SU with 16.3 ppg in WAC play. Kavas is averaging 14.7 ppg during league action while Moore is adding 10.6 ppg. Seattle U is shooting better than 46 percent from the field in league play while holding opponents to just 38.7 percent.
ABOUT THE SERIES VS CHICAGO STATE
Seattle U stretched their current win streak over Chicago State to six straight with a 65-50 win over the Cougars back on Jan. 14, 2017. Matej Kavas led the charge for SU, pouring in a career-high 24 points, while Brendan Westendorf added 18 points and Emmanuel Chibuogwu chipped in 12. Thursday’s meeting in Chicago will be the ninth time that Seattle U has faced Chicago State, with the Redhawks holding the 6-2 series edge. Last year, SU took the home-and-home series by scores of 66-50 in Chicago and 59-56 in Seattle. Brendan Westendorf was the hero in the last outing, hit the game-tying three-pointer with 25 seconds remaining in regulation and then, after a Seattle University defensive stop, banked in the game-winning shot from 41 feet away to give the Redhawks the win at KeyArena.
In 2013-14, the Cougars swept the season series, winning in triple overtime at KeyArena on Feb. 27, 2014, 84-77, followed by a 67-53 win just nine days later in Chicago. In 2014-15, Seattle U defeated Chicago State 75-67 in Chicago on Jan. 22 and 57-31 at KeyArena Feb. 21. In the first round of the WAC Tournament, Chicago State was ahead by eight with five minutes left, but the Redhawks scored the final 12 points of the game to pull out a 49-45 victory over the Cougars.
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 seven league contests, Kavas is averaging 14.7 ppg, hitting nearly 55 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc. He has scored in double-figures in six of the seven 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.