KANSAS CITY - (Feb. 10) Seattle U men’s basketball seeks to extend its current win streak to four straight when it faces UMKC on Saturday, Feb. 11 to wrap up a two-game Western Athletic Conference road swing. Tip off from Municipal Auditorium is scheduled for 7 p.m. Central Time, 5 p.m. Pacific. The game will be streamed live via the UMKCkangaroos.com website and can be heard live on KTTH 770 AM (mynorthwest.com).
The Redhawks picked up their third straight win, and second true road victory, with a 90-65 final at Chicago State on Thursday. After holding a slim 34-31 advantage at halftime, SU exploded offensively in the second frame. William Powell collected his third double-double of the year, finishing with a career-high 24 points to go along with 10 boards. Matej Kavas came off the bench to add 18 points and Zack Moore chipped in 17. Seattle U shot 58 percent from the field and 50 percent from three, marking the second time in the last three games they have hit 50 percent or higher in each category. The strong shooting has led to big point totals as well. The Redhawks hit the 90-point mark for the third time this season, improving to 3-0 in those games. SU also dished a season-high 26 assists in the contest. Westendorf is leading SU with 15.4 ppg in WAC play. Kavas is averaging 15.1 ppg during league action while Moore is adding 11.4 ppg. Seattle U is shooting better than 48 percent from the field in league play while holding opponents to just 39 percent. Both marks lead the league.
ABOUT THE SERIES VS UMKC
Seattle U will be looking to avenge an 84-68 setback to UMKC from last month when they meet in Kansas City this week. This will mark the ninth meeting in program history, with the Roos holding a 5-3 series edge. On Jan. 12 at KeyArena, the Redhawks held an early advantage behind the play of Brendan Wesntedorf and Matej Kavas, but the Roos rolled off 16 straight points, including three triples by Kyle Steward, to go ahead 32-22 lead with 5:39 remaining in the half. It was a lead they would never relinquish. Westendorf finished with 20 points and Mavas added 16.
In 2013-14, when the series began, UMKC swept the home-and-home meetings, winning 95-84 at KeyArena Jan. 4, 2014, and 82-73 in Kansas City March 6, 2014. In 2014-15, the ‘Roos won the first meeting in Kansas City, 75-55, on Jan. 24. Seattle U finally broke through with a 74-56 win at KeyArena on Feb. 18 behind 17 points and six rebounds from William Powell. The Redhawks would go on to make it two straight that season, winning 69-63 in the first round of the WAC Tournament. Last season, each team was victorious on its home court. The Roos took an 84-69 victory in Kansas City in the WAC opener. Seattle U responded with a 65-55 win at KeyArena as Powell led the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
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 added five triples on Feb. 9 at Chicago State, now has a team-high 55 threes and has 11 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 eight league contests, Kavas is averaging 15.1 ppg, hitting 55.3 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from beyond the arc. He has scored in double-figures in seven of the eight 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.