Boise State pulls away from Seattle U, 86-68

William Powell (Photo: BSU Athletics)

When you're playing on the road, Seattle U coach Cameron Dollar has said before and will say again, your margin for error is slim. When it's your first out-of-state road game of the season and you're facing the No. 1 offense in the country, that margin is almost nonexistent.

The Redhawks weren't perfect in Tuesday's 86-68 loss at Boise State, which is completely understandable. But in order to upset a Broncos team that came into the game averaging 113 points and is expected to contend for a Mountain West conference title, SU probably had to be flawless. Seventeen turnovers and 28.6 percent shooting from three-point range (8-for-28) wasn't going to get the job done.

Dollar debuted SU's third different starting lineup in four games -- Isiah Umipig, Jarell Flora, Clarence Trent, Shore Adenekan and Jack Crook -- but less than two minutes into the first half inserted freshman William Powell and sophomore Deshaun Sunderhaus on the front line. They sparked a 7-0 run that put the Redhawks ahead briefly.

The Broncos regained the lead and started to pull away. It was a 13-point game in the final minute of the first half before a four-point play by Flora and a layup by Powell brought SU within seven at the break.

Flora hit another three to cut Boise State's lead to three early in the second half, but the Broncos went on another run to build a double-digit cushion with 12 minutes remaining. Every time the Redhawks tried to rally after that, the Broncos had an answer. In the final five minutes, all 21 of Boise State's points came at the free throw line as Seattle U tried to gamble for steals and stop the clock.

"You have to credit Boise State for playing sound defense tonight," Dollar said afterward. "They hit their shots and did a good job of moving the ball around on offense.

"We were able to stay with them even though we did not play as well as we would have liked to. However, we handled playing on the road well, and we will continue to get better."

After following up last week's career-best 25-point performance against Cal State Fullerton with a scoreless outing against Evergreen State, Flora bounced back to lead the Redhawks with 21 points against Boise State. The redshirt junior guard hit six threes, including one four-point play and another four-point opportunity in which he missed the free throw.

Crook posted 10 points and 10 rebounds, Umipig finished with 10 points and eight assists, and Sunderhaus added 11 points off the bench.

Boise State junior guard Anthony Drmic had a game-high 25 points (14-18 FT) to go with seven rebounds and four steals, while Jeff Elorriaga had 21 points and five threes for the Broncos.

Freshman guard Dezmyn Trent, cousin of SU's Clarence Trent, played two minutes off the bench for Boise State and didn't score. Clarence Trent had five points and four rebounds.

NOTES

* Emerson Murray missed his third straight game for the Redhawks with a right foot injury.

* In Tuesday's other game involving a WAC team, Utah Valley (2-2) lost to 17th-ranked Oregon, 69-54. Joseph Young led the Ducks with 20 points in the win.

* The Seattle U women's basketball team lost at Washington, 82-60. Kacie Sowell led the Redhawks with 14 points and 13 rebounds, but as a team SU made only 31.9 percent of their shots from the field.

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