Umipig wins another clash with the Titans
Isiah Umipig (Photo: Robert Huskey)
Isiah Umipig (Photo: Robert Huskey)
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Posted Dec 8, 2013


In between his two meetings with Cal State Fullerton this season, Seattle U point guard Isiah Umipig claimed that even though the crowd might get on him when the Redhawks faced the Titans on the road, personally he wasn't making a big deal out of playing against his former team. But judging from Umipig's two standout showings against CSF, it appears he might have been hiding the truth.

Umipig led SU with 22 points in Saturday's 74-65 victory at Titan Gym in Fullerton, Calif., almost one month after he dropped 24 points when the Redhawks beat the Titans in Seattle on Nov. 13. In both games, Umipig -- who transferred from Fullerton to SU in 2012 -- hit four three-pointers and led the Redhawks in assists.

Unlike their home win over the Titans (3-7) on Nov. 13, the Redhawks (6-3) did not need a late rally on Saturday to escape with a victory.

Sparked by Umipig assisting center Jack Crook on two buckets and hitting a three-pointer of his own, Seattle U jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the game's first two and a half minutes. Midway through the first half the Redhawks went on a 16-4 run that Umipig began with a three, and included two triples by guard Jarell Flora and two jumpers by forward Deshaun Sunderhaus. That extended SU's lead to 17 points, and at halftime the Redhawks were ahead 43-28.

The Titans rallied to cut the Redhawks' lead to single digits midway through the second half, but SU's frontcourt responded. Sunderhaus, Crook and senior forward Clarence Trent spearheaded a 7-0 run that turned SU's seven-point lead into a 14-point cushion with five and a half minutes remaining.

Cal State Fullerton again got to within single digits with two minutes left, but Seattle U went 10-of-13 at the free-throw line down the stretch to seal its third victory in a row and its second straight win on the road.

Umipig shot 6-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 beyond the arc, adding four assists. Flora scored 15 points and hit four threes, while Sunderhaus added 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Fullerton guard Michael Williams led the Titans with 21 points (9-16 FG), although Umipig's former teammate went 1-of-6 on three-pointers. As a team, Fullerton shot 4-of-24 from long range.

NOTES

* With fall quarter finals coming up, the Redhawks are off until next Sunday, Dec. 15, when they host Pacific Lutheran at KeyArena.

* SU shot 61.9 percent (26-of-42) from the field against Fullerton, the team's best shooting performance since its 61-percent effort against Sacramento State on Feb. 13, 2010.

* Freshman center Theo Turner saw his first game action for Seattle U on Saturday, playing three minutes off the bench. The Redhawks' other true freshman, forward William Powell, has appeared in every game, though his playing time has fluctuated between one and 20 minutes on a given night.

* Umipig played two years at Cal State Fullerton, winning Big West Conference Sixth Man of the Year honors as a sophomore. He sat out last season at Seattle U due to NCAA transfer rules, and is now averaging 19.1 points and 5.3 assists per game.

* The Redhawks' other highly-touted transfer, shooting guard Emerson Murray (California), has not played since the Nov. 10 opener at Washington due to a right foot injury.

* Other WAC scores from Saturday: New Mexico State (7-4) lost to 19th-ranked Gonzaga; Idaho (4-5) lost to Washington State; Missouri-Kansas City (2-6) beat Youngstown State; Texas-Pan American (4-7) lost to Texas-San Antonio; Utah Valley (3-5) routed St. Katherine; and Chicago State (4-5) beat Wisconsin-Parkside.



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