Broussard Leads Seattle U To First Road Win At 2K Sports Classic Subregional

Seattle University travels to Irvine for the Irvine subregional of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer at the Bren Events Center on the UC Irvine campus. Also participating in the tournament are host UC Irvine, Louisiana Tech, and Navy. For more on the 2K Sports Classic, visit the website.

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2K Classic Subregional: How Seattle U Got Its First Road Win

If you recall Seattle University's big run against Oregon State last week, there was a sort of standout star player that made some big emotional plays but a number of other players who did the little things along the way to lead the team to victory.

After their 75-70 win against Navy in the 2K Classic sub-regional last night, it's fair to say that we're beginning to see a pattern: this is not a team that has a Kemba Walker-like talent who can single-handedly will the team to victory. They need a well-rounded effort.

And so despite the fact that wing Aaron Broussard set a new career-high with 26 points a day after setting the bar at 25 points against UC Irvine, the bigger story in the Redhawks' development moving forward is that they got much improved play from across the roster.

Seattle U Men’s Basketball Holds On For 75-70 Victory - Seattle University Redhawks Athletics
"This was a gut-check game for our guys today, especially playing their fourth game in five days," head coach Cameron Dollar said. "I am proud of the way they stuck together and continued playing with intensity throughout the game. We will build on this and continue to improve as we move along in the season."

Burrell played a solid game throughout, finishing with 19 points, two assists, and three steals, while McLaughlin notched his first career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, plus he dished out a team-high four assists. Both Garrett Lever (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Brandon Durham (Bremerton, Wash.) helped the Redhawks enjoy a significant rebounding edge with seven boards apiece.

In fact, it may have been the play of redshirt freshman transfer Mark McLaughlin who deserves the most credit for the team's win statistically - in addition to his double-double, McLaughlin was by far the team's most efficient scorer (5-for-7 shooting from the field) and ball handler (he had an assist ratio of 28.81 percent compared to a turnover ratio of 14.40%). Most impressively, he used all of his 6-foot-6 frame to pull down a dominant 34.62 percent of the defensive rebounds available to him.

However, most impressive for the team was that they finally outshot some one and it ultimately helped them win the game.



The biggest reason for the improved shooting resembles that from their win against Oregon State: they kept down the 3-point attempts (shooting 5-for-12) and attacked the basket to get to the free throw line at a high rate.

The nascent pattern for Seatte University in these two wins is that they're at their best when they keep their 3-point attempts low, attack the rim to keep their free throw rate high, and get some production from either McLaughlin or fellow freshman Sterling Carter in addition to their upperclassmen.

Of course, that's easier said than done against the toughest competition, but it does matter that they are learning what they need to do to win.


2K Sports Classic Subregional: Seattle U's Aaron Broussard Wins All-Tournament Honors

After setting career-highs in scoring on consecutive nights, Seattle University wing Aaron Broussard was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Irvine subregional of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer today.

From a Seattle University release:

Broussard finished second in scoring, third in rebounding, and tied for second in steals among the subregional participants, averaging 20.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game over the three days. Among those players with at least 10 field goal attempts, he had the highest field goal percentage at .622 (23-of-37), and he led all players with 13 made free throws over the weekend.

For the season, Broussard is second on the team in scoring and first in rebounding, averaging 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He is shooting 53.1 percent from the field and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. He is joined on the All-Tournament Team by DeAndre Brown (MVP) and Olu Ashaolu of Louisiana Tech and Darren Moore and Patrick Rembert of UC Irvine.


Seattle Remains Winless On The Road Despite Broussard's Career-High

Seattle University was shooting slightly better in the first half of Game Two of the 2K Sports Classic against host UC Irvine last night, but then in the second half reverted back to sub-40 percent shooting and ended up losing 85-77.

Forward Aaron Broussard turned in an outstanding shooting performance, scoring a career-high 25 points on 10-for-16 shooting. However, outside Broussard and Alex Jones (6-for-11 shooting) the rest of the team was 12-for-43. Ultimately, the Redhawks' 35.9 percent second half shooting combined with Irvine's 44.8 percent second half shooting was the difference in this game, particularly taking Seattle U's 4-for-21 three point shooting into account.

Seattle U Men’s Basketball Falls to UC Irvine, 85-77 - Seattle University Redhawks Athletics
With 11:22 remaining in the second half, Seattle U took a 52-50 lead on two free throws by Jones. UC Irvine proceeded to outscore the Redhawks, 15-3, over the next three minutes, punctuated by a three-point play from Darren Moore, to take its biggest lead of the game at 65-55.

Broussard scored seven of Seattle U's points during an 8-3 run that cut the Anteater lead in half with 4:50 remaining in regulation. Jones hit a layup to bring the Redhawks within one at 76-75 with 1:29 left, but Patrick Rembert hit a three-pointer and followed that by going 4-of-4 at the free throw line in the final minute to help ice the game for the home team.

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