SEATTLE – A second-half hot shooting performance by Eastern Washington handed Seattle University men’s basketball a 74-66 defeat Saturday night at the Redhawk Center.
Three Redhawks finished in double digits, led by Terrell Brown, who finished with a career high 31 points to go along with 13 rebounds and four assists. Myles Carter added 11 points and Morgan Means chipped in 10.
But the Redhawks struggled from beyond the arc for the second consecutive night, finishing just 3-17 from three.
"I congratulate Eastern on a game well played," said Head Coach Jim Hayford. "They played some really good basketball in the second half. They played like they were in mid-season form so big credit to their coaches. Jacob Davison played a tremendous game and was really hard to stop in the second half.
"There are no excuses – they won," Hayford said. "We need to shoot the ball a whole lot better. We had a good first half because we rebounded well. But Eastern shored up their rebounding in the second half. At the end of the day, you've got to make baskets. In these two losses to Washington State and Eastern, we were 4-32 from three. I believe in our guys. We're going to work it out, we just need to find our shooting touch."
Seattle U found early success connecting on mid-range shots off the dribble courtesy of Brown. The junior guard helped spark a 9-2 spurt in the opening five minutes to shift the momentum in favor of the home team to get the Homecoming crowd at the Redhawk Center on their feet.
The Redhawks led for the entire 20-minute frame as Brown poured in 18 points and Seattle U kept the Eastern off the glass with a 31-19 rebounding advantage. A Trey Hopkins jumper in the paint with five ticks remaining helped the Redhawks carry a 36-30 lead into the break.
Delante Jones opened the second half with a three and a pair of Means free throws made it a nine-point game, 41-32, with 18:29 to play. But the tide would soon turn as the Redhawks could not get the ball to drop and Eastern began to chip away.
A 9-2 Eagle run, capped by a Tyler Kidd three knotted the score at 45-45. Brown hit a runner in the lane to briefly put the Redhawks back on top but Jacob Davison responded with a jumper and Kidd's layup at the 9:25 mark gave the Eagles their first lead of the night.
Seattle U would never lead again, managing just 9-31 from the field and 2-8 from three. The Eagles would outscore the Redhawks 44-30 in the frame.
Davison finished with 25 points to lead Eastern (2-0) while three others joined in him double figures.
Seattle U looks to bounce back against Pacific University on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Redhawk Center. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm.