Redhawks cruise by UC Davis, 77-53

Isiah Umipig (Photo: John Aronson)

If Seattle U's game against UC Davis on Monday night could be compared to a heavyweight fight, the Redhawks scored their most crowd-pleasing victory of the season by going to the body early on, then cruising in the late rounds to a 77-53 unanimous decision.

After the KeyArena crowd was treated to a jumbo-screen broadcast of the "Monday Night Football" game between the Saints and Seahawks, the first half of Seattle U's game belonged to Shore Adenekan.

The 6-9 junior power forward pummeled the Aggies in the middle with 14 points, five rebounds and four blocks before halftime. Adenekan set the tone with his defensive energy and offensive rebounding, and when he wasn't going after the ball with intentions to grab it or swat it, he was making himself open and visible to SU's playmakers for high-percentage buckets.

The Redhawks (4-3) led 38-20 at halftime against a weakened UC Davis (3-6) squad that typically uses a short rotation and came into Seattle on a three-game losing streak.

The second half was more of a showcase of SU's skill than its strength, as Isiah Umipig took over where Adenekan left off. The 6-foot junior point guard scored 17 of his career-high 30 points after intermission, peppering the Aggies with jabs from mid-range and long-range. Umipig shot 6-of-11 beyond the arc and 8-of-9 at the free-throw line, and chipped in four assists and two steals.

Adenekan finished with 16 points, five boards and five blocks. Sophomore center Jack Crook added 10 points, while senior forward Clarence Trent pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and had four of SU's nine total steals. Senior point guard D'Vonne Pickett Jr. handed out five assists to lead the Redhawks.

Senior wing Josh Ritchart led UC Davis with 14 points. As a team, the Aggies shot just 33.9 percent from the field (19 of 56) 25.9 percent from three-point range (7 of 27) while committing 16 turnovers.

"It was a really good defensive effort, especially in the first half," SU coach Cameron Dollar said afterward. "It was good to come back home and have that type of effort, especially in guarding the three-point shot."

Seattle U improved to 4-0 at home this season, but the team has yet to win on the road. The Redhawks will look to break that pattern when they play at Cal State Northridge on Thursday, then at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.

NOTES

* Other WAC scores from Monday: Texas-Pan American lost at SIU Edwardsville (55-49); and Utah Valley lost at South Dakota (71-67).

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