SEATTLE - (Feb. 17) Seattle University men’s basketball (12-13, 4-6 WAC) will celebrate its senior class Saturday, Feb. 18, as it takes to the Connolly Complex Court for the final time in 2016-17. Seniors Emmanuel Chibuogwu, William Powell and Brendan Westendorf will be honored prior to a 7 p.m. tip-off against Western Athletic Conference leader, CSU Bakersfield (18-7, 9-1 WAC). The game will be streamed live on the WAC Digital Network and can be heard live on KTTH 770 AM (mynorthwest.com).
WHERE THEY STAND
With four games remaining on the regular-season slate, Seattle U enters Saturday’s match-up with CSUB with a 4-6 WAC record, which is good for fifth in the league standings. The ‘Runners hold down first place (9-1), New Mexico State is second (8-2), Grand Canyon is third (7-3) and UMKC is fourth (6-4). Lots of movement can still happen before the WAC Tournament in March, which will feature seven of the league’s eight teams (Grand Canyon is not eligible for postseason until 2017-18 due to their NCAA DI transition process). The first day of tournament action pits No. 4 vs. No. 5, No. 2 vs. No. 7 and No. 3 vs. No. 6. Tournament play begins March 9 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
A 15-game win streak in the Connolly Complex was snapped with a 61-58 setback to WAC foe Grand Canyon Thursday night. Seattle U led 24-9 early thanks to a big 16-0 run, but the teams would trade runs throughout and eventually GCU would hold on. Rebounding and second chance points hurt the Redhawks as the Lopes held a 48-28 edge on the boards and used 17 offensive rebounds to earn a 21-9 advantage in second chance points. Zack Moore led the team in scoring for the second straight game and fifth overall time this season. Brendan Westendorf added 14 points and William Powell chipped in 13. Westendorf is leading SU with 14.5 ppg in WAC play. Kavas is averaging 13.0 ppg during league action while Moore is adding 12.6 ppg. Seattle U is shooting better than 46 percent from the field in league play while holding opponents to 40 percent.
ABOUT THE SERIES VS CSU BAKERSFIELD
This will be the 17th meeting all-time between Seattle U and CSU Bakersfield, with the Roadrunners holding an 11-5 series advantage. The teams opened WAC play and 2017 by facing each other in Bakersfield, a game that the ‘Runners won, 78-71. Emmanuel Chibuogwu led SU with 18 points in the setback while three others scored in double figures. The teams met three times in 2015-16, including the home-and-home WAC series, as well as in the opening round of the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas. The ‘Runners were victorious in all three meetings, all by 20+ point margins. CSU Bakersfield won the first three games of the series before Seattle U took the next four contests. The Roadrunners won the following four games between the two teams. The Redhawks snapped CSUB’s four-game winning streak with a 53-43 win at KeyArena Feb. 28, 2015, but CSUB has since won three straight.
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.