Seattle U Basketball: Redhawks Suffer An Unfortunate Blowout Against A WCC Opponent

Coming off a tough loss in their first-ever game against the University of Maryland, tonight's game against the University of San Francisco as part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight figures to be a good barometer for where the Redhawks are at this point in the season as well as an opportunity to bounce back from a blowout loss with a win on the road. For more on the game, visit the USF athletics site.

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Seattle U Basketball: Redhawks Struggle To Recover From Second Half USF Runs

In the first half, the points off turnovers were a problem for the Redhawks and in the second half the combination of their turnovers and USF's ball control led to insurmountable runs that saw the lead balloon to as much as 31 points.

From the Seattle U release:

Seattle U Men's Basketball Loses at USF - Seattle University Redhawks Athletics
San Francisco (1-0) took the early lead thanks to an 11-1 run early in the first half, and the Dons extended their advantage to as much as 17 points late in the half before Sterling Carter (Seattle, Wash.) hit a fade-away three-pointer with time running out in the period to make the halftime score 46-32 in San Francisco's favor.

The Redhawks cut the lead to 11 early in the second half on a basket by Mark McLaughlin (Seattle, Wash.), but the Dons responded with a 10-2 run over the next three minutes to extend their lead out to 19 points at 60-41. A 15-1 scoring run by San Francisco later in the half gave the home team its biggest lead of the night at 82-51 with about seven minutes remaining in regulation.

Seattle U kept fighting, especially Garrett Lever (Phoenix, Ariz.), who made life tough for the San Francisco offense with a game-high three steals, plus contributed 11 points, and Carter, who hit four three-point shots in the final four minutes on his way to a 26-point performance. McLaughlin also reached double figures with 10 points, but Seattle U struggled offensively, shooting just 41.9 percent (26-of-62) from the field and 50 percent (14-of-28) from the free throw line.

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Seattle U Basketball: Redhawks Suffer An Unfortunate Blowout Loss To A WCC Opponent

It’s hard to ignore that there was a little extra emotional significance attached to Seattle University’s meeting with San Francisco tonight, not only because of all the history but also because of the ongoing search for a conference.

There are Seattle fans out there who believe the WCC is a better fit than the WAC and so there had to be some feeling of wanting to see the Redhawks do well against a WCC opponent.

To be totally clear, it’s not as if this game was necessarily going to influence that decision: it appears that the WCC is at the very least in no rush to expand and at worst not too eager to bring Seattle University aboard. So it’s not like a win would have the WCC knocking down Seattle’s door.

But a 97-76 loss certainly doesn’t help convince those in the WCC who might have reservations about bringing Seattle U in as a 10th program, even with Denver – apparently the WCC’s preferred choice – already having accepted an invite to the WAC.

All that said, this has been a tough way to start the season – jumping right in to a road game against an ACC opponent and then coming back west to face a team that is further along in their rebuilding process on the road. The circumstances have not been favorable, but the outcomes haven’t necessarily been encouraging from afar either.

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Seattle U Men's Basketball: Redhawks Down 46-32 At Halftime In San Francisco

Things got off to a rough start for Seattle University against their first WCC opponent of the season.

In addition to allowing USF to shoot 50 percent from the field, turnovers have plagued Seattle U in the first half, with Seattle committing 11 to San Francisco’s 6.

Franklin High alum Carter Sterling is carrying the Redhawks with 11 points at halftime while Gavin Gilmore has six rebounds thus far. USF’s Michael Williams is leading USF with 11 points at halftime.

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