Redhawks rout Evergreen State, 100-59

Deshaun Sunderhaus

There were times during Saturday night's evisceration of Evergreen State when it looked like Seattle U wasn't involved in a game, but instead a scrimmage against a team that was more cooperative than competitive. And then there were times when it just looked like a layup line.

The Redhawks put away their NAIA in-state foe quick and early at KeyArena, going on a 21-0 run that began five minutes into the first half and ended about five minutes later. Unlike Wednesday night's 14-0 burst of three-pointers that allowed SU to come back late and edge Cal State Fullerton, the run against Evergreen was a montage of dunks, layups and transition and-ones.

Seattle U led by 23 at halftime, stretched the margin to 30 early in the second half, went up by 40 late in the second half, and were it not for some hurried baskets by the Geoducks in the final minute, could have won by 50.

The Redhawks were dominant in every facet of the game. They outrebounded Evergreen 68-28 (including 35 offensive boards), held the Geoducks to 33.9 percent shooting from the field (and 5-of-23 from three-point range), made it to the free-throw line 37 times (making 23) and forced 18 turnovers.

"Regardless of what the score is, we are still developing, so we have to keep working and playing our style right now," SU coach Cameron Dollar said afterward. "We fortunately have a lot of guys with a good motor who want to get out there and play."

Sophomore forward Deshaun Sunderhaus led the Redhawks with 19 points and 11 rebounds -- including one dunk that SU radio play-by-play man Dave Grosby described as an "alley-oop to Sunderhaus for a thunder house jam!"

Junior point guard Isiah Umipig also scored 19 to go with three steals, freshman forward William Powell had 14 points, and junior forward Shore Adenekan added 10 points. Sophomore center Jack Crook grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

Dollar was able to pretty much empty the bench in the first half, and almost everyone got their time to shine. Oddly enough, the only man who played and didn't score was junior wing Jarell Flora, who led the Redhawks with 25 points and five threes in the win over Cal State Fullerton.

"Overall I was pleased with our attentiveness defensively, as we did not allow many uncontested shots," Dollar said. "It's early, so we are still trying to figure out which combinations work. We will continue to develop our team throughout the early season before conference play."

NOTES

* Redshirt junior guard Emerson Murray sat out against Evergreen with a right foot injury. Murray was hurt before last week's season opener against Washington, but managed to play a few minutes off the bench in that game before being held out of the last two.

* Other WAC scores from Saturday: Idaho beat Northwest Nazarene (78-64); Grand Canyon beat Western New Mexico (91-41); and Texas Pan-American lost to IPFW (66-60) in Corpus Christi, Texas.

* Seattle U's next game is at Boise State on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. The game will air on ROOT Sports and 770 AM KTTH.

* The Seattle U women's basketball team (0-2) visits Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. Pacific Time.

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