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SEATTLE – (Jan. 5) Western Athletic Conference play begins Saturday, Jan. 6 as Seattle University men’s basketball hosts preseason favorite Grand Canyon. The Redhawks enter WAC play with an 11-6 non-conference record, having won nine of their last 11. The Lopes stand at 10-5 on the year. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. at KeyArena.

The game will stream live on the WAC Digital Network, and also be available on a variety of OTT platforms including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku. Fans can also tune in to KTTH 770 AM in Seattle or online at mynorthwest.com as Dave Grosby returns for his ninth season on air for the Redhawks.

The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free SU 6th Man jersey drawstring bag courtesy of presenting sponsor Quinault Beach Resort and Casino.

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ABOUT THE GAME

  • Seattle U (11-6, 0-0 WAC) vs. Grand Canyon (10-5, 0-0 WAC)
  • All-time series - GCU leads, 8-1
  • Last meeting - GCU 61, Seattle U 58 (Feb. 16, 2017)

NEWS AND NOTES

  • The Redhawks concluded non-conference play with an 11-6 record.
  • The 11 wins marks the most non-conference victories since joining the Western Athletic Conference in the 2012-13 season. The previous high was eight, achieved in 2013-14 (8-5 non-conference) and 2016-17 (8-7 non-conference).
  • Josh Hearlihy was named WAC Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 25-Jan. 1. He averaged 20.0 points on 54.5 percent from the field, 62.5 percent from three-point range and 78.6 percent from the free-throw line, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks as the Redhawks went 2-0.
  • Seattle U is averaging 82.5 ppg, which ranks first in the WAC. That mark includes two games where they have surpassed the century mark, as well as four 90-plus point outings.
  • Jordan Hill had 23 points, while Aaron Menzies and Matej Kavas added 20 apiece in the Redhawks’ 95-89 win over Nicholls State on Dec. 23. That marked the first time this season that three players had scored 20 or more points. It was also the fourth time that at least two players had achieved the feat. Hill had 21 points and Josh Hearlihy added 20 against Saint Martin’s on Dec. 13. On Nov. 12 vs. Puget Sound when Richaud Gittens poured in 26 points and Hearlihy added 23. The Redhawks also had a pair of 20-point efforts on Dec. 3 vs. Eastern Washington when Kavas had 26 points and Hearlihy added 20.
  • In games played through Jan. 4, Seattle U is ranked in the top 50 nationally in nine team statistical categories. The Redhawks are fourth in the nation in free-throw percentage (78.9), ninth in 3-pters (175), 14th in 3-pt FG attempts (448), 18th in assists (274), 22nd in rebounds (640), 30th in FTs (262), 45th in scoring (82.5), 48th in rebound margin (+6.3) and 49th in 3-pt FG% (39.1).
  • Matej Kavas is ninth in the nation in 3-pt FG% (50.0), 11th in total 3-pters (53) and 20th in 3-pt FGs per game (3.31).
  • The Redhawks lead the Western Athletic Conference in  scoring (82.5 ppg), free-throw percentage (78.9), 3-pt FG% (39.1) and 3-pt FGs made (175, 10.3 per game). They also rank second in FG% (47.7).
  • Matej Kavas ranks third in the WAC in scoring (17.8 ppg), first in 3-pt FG% (50.0) and first 3-pt FGs made (53, 3.3 per game). Aaron Menzies ranks second in blocks (32, 1.9 per game) and FG% (66.1), and third in rebounds per game (7.4). Jordan Hill is third in 3-pt FGs (41, 2.6 per game), is tied for second in steals (24, 1.5 per game) and fifth in assists (65, 4.1 per game), Richaud Gittens is tied for second in steals (24, 1.6 per game) and four Redhawks rank in the top five in 3-pt FG percentage.

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