On Thursday, the 6-9 power forward played arguably the best game of his college career, posting 22 points and 12 rebounds in a loss to New Mexico State. On Saturday, in his very next game, Sunderhaus raised the bar with 22 points and 13 rebounds as SU notched a 64-46 win over Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas.
Sunderhaus was making his first start in weeks after Seattle U coach Cameron Dollar had moved him to the bench in a sixth-man role. Perhaps because the Redhawks (9-7, 1-2) were on a four-game losing streak -- and perhaps because the team has developed a bad habit of falling behind early -- Dollar simply put his best five players on the floor to start against UTPA: Isiah Umipig and Emerson Murray in the backcourt; Clarence Trent, Sunderhaus and Jack Crook on the front line.
The lineup change worked, as Sunderhaus scored eight points during SU's game-opening 11-0 run that covered almost five and a half minutes. The Broncs (4-14, 0-3) never really got close to climbing out of that hole, as SU led 30-17 at halftime and were ahead by as much as 26 in the second half while cruising to its first Western Athletic Conference victory this season.
Umipig had 16 points and seven assists for the Redhawks, while Jarell Flora broke out of his recent slump by hitting 3-of-6 shots from the field and 1-of-2 beyond the arc on his way to seven points off the bench. Crook went scoreless but pulled down 10 rebounds. Trent had seven points, three steals and two blocks.
Senior swingman Javorn Farrell was the only UTPA player to score in double figures, finishing with 14 points.
The Redhawks’ defense held the Broncs to 30 percent shooting from the field (14-of-46) and 15 percent from three-point range (3-of-19), and outrebounded the Broncs 43-24.
"It was a big-time defensive and rebounding effort by the guys tonight, especially playing on the road. I am very proud of how they responded to adversity coming off Thursday’s loss,” SU coach Cameron Dollar.
Seattle U returns home to KeyArena for its next two games, Jan. 16 against Cal State Bakersfield and Jan. 19 against Utah Valley.