The New Mexico State Aggies again showed why they were the cream of the crop in the Western Athletic Conference, as they knocked off Seattle 75-67 on Saturday. Two NMSU players posted double-doubles as a huge second half kept the Aggies on top of the standings. Seattle played an excellent first half by every measurable statistic. The Redhawks took it to the top-ranked team in the conference, jumping on the Aggies with energy. They led for all but 4 minutes in the first half. Terrell Brown was, as usual, the leading offensive force. The junior had 12 points on 12 shots. No one else had more than 5 points for the Redhawks, but 6 players scored at least 2. They took care of the ball as well, only coughing it up 4 times. We went to halftime level, however, mostly due to the fact NMSU spent a good amount of time at the charity stripe. In total New Mexico State went to the line 16 times. Seattle was called for 12 personal fouls, which resulted in big men Anand Hundal and Myles Carter getting into foul trouble. Comparatively, the Aggies were only called for 7 personal fouls and Seattle only shot 4 free throws. Outside of the line, NMSU didn’t shoot the ball very well or play a very good half. They turned the ball over 7 times and only shot 29% from the field. They did shoot 50% from 3 on 10 attempts however as we went into halftime at 29 all. Questionable calls continued to be made against Seattle in the second half, plus the Aggies started to shoot much better from the field. Seattle hung in there despite that though. NMSU scored the first basket of the 2nd half and it was a back and forth struggle from there out. The Aggies never had more than a 6-point lead. Under 3 to go, Seattle cut it down to a 66-64 game. Jabari Rice hit a huge 3 to extend the lead to 5 for the Aggies before Terrell Brown took the ball down low and converted the and-1 finish on Rice to cut it back to 2 with 1:45 to play. One, of many, questionable calls were then called on Delante Jones of Seattle, allowing for the Aggies to knock down 2 free throws. Terrell Brown drove to the hole with just 30-seconds to play and saw his attempt role in and out of the cup, keeping the lead at 4 and securing the win for NMSU. A few fouls and free throws later our score became final at 75-67. Ivan Aurrecoechea finished with a team-high 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Rice helped the cause posting his own double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Despite missing the big layup, Terrell Brown had another solid game for Seattle. He finished with 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. His supporting cast wasn’t quite as helpful, Jones (11pts) and Means (10pts) were the only other Redhawks to score in double figures. No other SU player had more than six. “New Mexico State showed why they’re the champions,” coach Hayford said. “It was a one-possession game going down the stretch and they put it away.” With the loss, Seattle drops back to .5oo on the season at 10-10. They also go to 3-2 in conference play. The Aggies now lead the all-time series 17-3 and haven’t lost to the Redhawks since Feb. 17th 2018. WHAT’S NEXT: Seattle heads the road for Arizona on January 23rd as they take on Grand Canyon. The Lopes have been possibly the biggest disappointment of the Western Athletic Conference so far, as many had them projected to give NMSU a run for the top spot. They currently sit at 6-11 and 1-2 in the conference. The Redhawks will then take on CSU Bakersfield in California to end their 2-game road trip.
The Seattle Redhawks survived sluggish opening minutes as they beat the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, 91-74 Thursday night. Morgan Means finished the night with 22 points as the Redhawks improved to 10-9 overall and 3-1 in the WAC. It was a rough start to the game. Seattle couldn’t find any shot opportunities, let alone knock one down. Five minutes into the first half, the Redhawks had an equal amount of turnovers as shot attempts–three. UTRGV used a trapping defense that bottlenecked the offensive flow of the Hawks. Overall, Seattle did a good job taking care of the ball. They amassed only six turnovers in the half and the slow start was partly due to the slow start. Rio Grande Valley was led by Lesley Varner II in the first half. He had 12 points and went 4 of 9 shooting the ball. As a team, the Vaqueros shot a solid 45.8% from the field and went 4 of 9 from behind the arc. Seattle made a huge run to end the first half. The Redhawks outscored the Vaqueros 26-12 over the final seven first-half minutes. Morgan Means started to heat up and knocked down two big 3’s that breathed life into the bench and the Redhawk Center. They made 4 of their final 5 shots and went into the break with a 38-33 lead. Despite the constant full-court pressure from UTRGV, the Redhawks spent most of the 2nd half nursing a 10-point lead. Every time Rio Grande Valley would cut into the lead, Riley Grigsby or Morgan Means would knock down a 3 to extend the lead back into the double digits. Seattle ended up holding on to get the 91-74 win. Means (22) and Grigsby (15) finished with a combined 37 points for the Redhawks. Myles Carter had a big night as well, he finished with a double-double at 17 points and 11 rebounds. Terrell Brown had an off night scoring only 8 points on 3-11 shooting. Seattle finished the night with a better shooting percentage from 3 (54.2%) than from the field as a whole (48.4%). The team had 19 assists and only turned the ball over twice during the second half. Varner II finished with a team-high 19 points and Sean Rhea added 13 points and 8 rebounds for UTRGV. The win marks the third straight for the Redhawks, all coming in conference play. They improve to 10-9 on the season and 3-1 in Western Athletic Conference play. This moves them into a tie for second place with California Baptist. WHAT’S NEXT: Seattle has a huge showdown against the current 1st place team in the WAC, the New Mexico State Aggies on Saturday. NMSU is currently sitting at 4-0 in the conference with an overall record of 13-6. The Aggies have been the perennial powerhouse of the conference and this year is no different as they were picked to finish first and capture the conferences automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. They are led by Trevelin Queen, who is averaging 14.9 ppg and brings down about six rebounds a game. Seattle fell to New Mexico State in both of their meetings last year.
Seattle ended their two-game skid as they beat Long Beach State 57-79 Monday afternoon. Morgan Means‘ near triple-double coupled with the return of Myles Carter helped the Redhawks secure the last game before Christmas. In their previous game, a 71-57 loss to Florida A&M, Seattle started flat and didn’t have any touch from the field. The winless Rattlers took advantage of a Seattle team that was still banged up from a loss to the Huskies. Today, was a much different story. Seattle’s defense came to play early. After being embarrassed against the Rattlers, the Redhawks had all the intensity in the world on Monday. In the first half, they made Long Beach State uncomfortable from the tip. Seattle forced 13 turnovers and which were converted for 19 points. They also held the Beach to an abysmal 29% from the field and 10% from three-point range. The Redhawks also had a solid first half on the offensive side. The first thing that was visibly clear was their improved shot selection. Seattle had a much more fluid offense that had the ball being passed around quickly and efficiently. This led to more open shots. With those improved looks, the Redhawks shot 45% from the field and went 5-14 from beyond the arc. Seattle went on a 19-8 run in the final eight minutes of the half to headed into the locker room with a 44-24 lead. A second half let down was not in the cards. Seattle continued to force Long Beach State into low percentage shots and errant passing. The Redhawks forced another 10 turnovers and kept them under 40% from the field. They also held Long Beach’s leading scorer Chance Hunter to 10 points on 3-7 shooting. Seattle finished the game with five players scoring in double figures. Arguably the best performance of the night went to Morgan Means, who grew up minutes away from Long Beach. The Senior Guard nearly had a triple-double; finishing with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists. Terrell Brown continued to lead the team and the Western Athletic Conference in scoring as he dropped 17. After missing one game due to injury, Myles Carter returned to action scoring 13 points and snagging 5 rebounds off the bench. With the win, Seattle gets back to a .500 record at 7-7. What’s Next: Players and coaches will have a very short holiday break this year. They will head to Moraga, California on Dec. 28 to take on St. Mary’s College. The Gaels have been ranked in the top 25 this season but have fallen out in the most current rankings. St. Mary’s is 12-2 on the year with impressive wins over Wisconsin and Utah State. They have three players averaging double digits on the season, with Senior Jordan Ford leading the way with 21.4 per. That game can be streamed on the West Coast Conference Network and on 770 KTTH. Tip-off is set for 5:00 pm.
The Redhawks looked flat and the Rattlers looked hungry, as Seattle lost to previously winless Florida A&M Saturday night. Seattle University was looking for a bounce-back performance after losing to crosstown rival Washington on Tuesday. Unfortunately, it looked like they used all of their energy earlier in the week trying to upset the Huskies. From the tip, Seattle just looked like they couldn’t keep up. The Redhawks were also down a key player in Senior Forward Myles Carter, who was banged up after Tuesday’s game. His absence wasn’t the reason for the loss, but it surely didn’t help. It was a long night on the shortest day of the year. The Rattlers came out guns blazing in the first half. Their up-tempo pace and aggressive defense had Seattle on their heels. Florida A&M shot 55% from the field, mainly due to so many of their shots being wide open. Their simple, yet effective, offense was mainly a pass and screen away concept. They also got onto the fast break in a hurry, which led to way too many open layups. A&M didn’t cause turnovers as you’d associate with their physical defense. However, they made Seattle work for every shot that they took. The Redhawks answered their opponents’ high shooting percentage by going 9-29 from the field. Which quick math proved to be a terrible 31%. It wasn’t even worth mentioning what they did behind the arc either. All-in-all, it was just a half to forget for anyone not wearing orange and green as we headed into the locker room 36-24. Seattle’s shooting improved a small amount in the second half, but not enough to change to course of the game. A&M also had a dip in their shooting numbers overall, but their 3-pointers kept dropping. Brendon Myles (11 pts) and Rod Melton Jr. (17 pts) combined to go 4-5 behind the arc and helped put away any hoped of a Seattle comeback. Terrell Brown, who went 8-23, finished the night with 18 points. Morgan Means (10 pts) and Riley Grigsby (15 pts) were the only other Redhawks to score in double digits on the night. The standout stat of the night was that Seattle only managed 5 total assists in the game. Most of that was due to the defense the Rattlers were playing, forcing Seattle to play iso ball. A clear indication that A&M dictated how this game was going to be played. This loss is an ugly one, especially for a team that looked to finally be hitting their stride. This was supposed to be the bounce-back opportunity for the Redhawks after losing to Washington. It proves that you can’t overlook your opponent, no matter their record. Seattle was taught a tough lesson tonight and they will be a better team because of it. WHATS NEXT: Seattle will be back on the hardwood next Monday the 23rd when they host Long Beach State. The 49ers are 4-9 on the season, but 0-5 on the road. The game will be an early tip-off with a 3 pm start time at the Redhawk Center. You can follow along live on the WAC Digital Network and on 770 KTTH.
The Redhawks couldn’t survive the second half, as their upset bid fell short against No. 22 Washington. Isaiah Stewart (27 Pts 13 Reb) and Quade Green (20 Pts) led the way for the Dawgs. The game was much closer than the final score would indicate. It would not be hard to argue that Seattle was in control for 3/4th of the game. They played the underdog card to perfection and had leads throughout the first half. They played so well, in fact, that they went into the halftime break with a 1 point lead at 33-32. It was a half that had the nation’s 22nd leading scorer, Terrell Brown, put up an impressive 15 points and 4 rebounds on 6-14 shooting. Seattle as a team didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (38.2), but they were able to put up 14 more shots than the Huskies thanks to out rebounding them (19-14) and forcing Washington into more turnovers (9-5). Washington did shoot better with the chances they had though, they shot 45.5% which helped them make up the gap in the aforementioned stats. All of this added up to Seattle’s one point halftime lead. Halftime brought on a certain feel inside of Alaska Airlines Arena. The Redhawks faithful that were in attendance seemed to have a hush to them, almost as if to not jinx the events that were occurring in front of their eyes. Compare it to a team not mentioning the no-hitter to their starting pitcher. On the other hand, the fans dressed in purple and gold were much more vocal with displeasure, upset that their high recruiting class was being out worked by their cross town foe who they hadn’t lost to in the previous 14 meetings. Halftime came and went. Washington fans turned those frowns upside down. Huskies Coach Mike Hopkins is very well known for his zone defense schemes that he brought with him from his time at Syracuse. He finally got a recruiting class that had the size and length to implement it to his every wish, and they did just that to the Redhawks in the final 20 minutes of action. The 2-1-2 zone stymied the Redhawks’ offensive abilities. They had already shot poorly in the first half, but the second half saw their percentage dip to 33.3%. Terrell Brown couldn’t find the driving lanes that he had in the first half as he only scored 6 points in the final frame. In fact, no Seattle player had more than 6 points in the 2nd half. Redhawks center Myles Carter was affected the most by the zone. He was only able to get off three shots all game and one of those was blocked. The big man, who averages 10 points and 7 rebounds, finished the night with just two of each. The Huskies had a much different experience in the half. Where as Carter struggled for Seattle, Washington’s big Isaiah Stewart flourished. The top recruit in the 2019 class had 16 of his 27 points scored in the 2nd half. He also only missed 3 of his 14 total shots for the game. Quade Green added 13 to the half total as Washington pulled away in the final 4 minutes of the game. The Huskies outscored Seattle 49-26 in the second to secure their 15th consecutive win over the Redhawks. Seattle is yet to win a game against Washington since the program made the move back to D-1 play. With the loss, Seattle drops to .500 at 6-6 and have their 4-game winning streak snapped. The Huskies improve to 8-2 as they bounce back from their loss to Gonzaga back on the 8th. WHAT’S NEXT: Seattle will have a quick opportunity to get this loss out of their minds when they play host to Florida A&M on Saturday. The Rattlers currently sit at 0-8 on the season and will have a matchup with Washington State on Thursday before coming to Seattle. That game will be an 7:00pm tip-off and can be streamed on the WAC Digital Network as well as heard on KTTH 770 AM.
Riley Grigsby had a career night as Redhawks took down the Cardinals Tuesday in Seattle. If there was a perfect way to open a half of a basketball, then the Redhawks did just that against the Cardinals. Seattle went on several runs thanks to their hot shooting. They shot 57% from the field and 58% from behind the arch, both were season highs for a half. Riley Grigsby was the main catalyst, he scored 15 points on 5-7 shooting. He had plenty of help though, as of the nine players that played, eight got into the scoring column. “We came out and shot the ball really well, I was really pleased,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford Seattle also played well on defense, holding the Cardinals to only 33% shooting. Rebounding was an emphasis as they brought down 21 to Incarnate Words 8. Not to mention that 9 of those were offensive rebounds. All of this led to a 47-28 lead heading into the halftime mark. The Hawks couldn’t keep up their hot shooting in the 2nd half but did enough to keep the Cardinals from closing the gap. They shot just 26% in the half and went 0-10 from 3. Despite this, Seattle was able to swell their lead up to 28 at one point and eventually secure the win. “The shots didn’t fall in the second half, but we played well, defended hard, and rebounded at a very high level,” Hayford said. “And if you put that all together you get a 20-point win over a Division I team and we’re very grateful for that.” Riley Grigsby started the season with a broken wrist that forced him to wear a cast and miss the teams first 6 games. Once he came back, it was clear that he needed time to work himself back into form. In his first 3 games back, he was averaging just 1.7 points on 42.1 % shooting. Tonight, he finally announced himself as back. The sophomore guard was the leading scorer (22) and tied for the lead in rebounds with 10. Both of those were his career highs, as he previously had highs of 12 points and 8 rebounds set back in the 18’-19’ campaign. For Redhawk faithful, this is hopefully a sign of things to come. Other key performers on the night were Terrell Brown (14 pts, 10 reb and 5 ast) and Morgan Means (13 pts, 5 reb). That marks Seattle’s 3rd win in a row and puts them at .500 on the season. They also improved to 4-1 inside the Redhawk Center. WHATS NEXT: Seattle will continue their homestand with a matchup with the University of Portland on Saturday. The Pilots (6-1) are off to their best start in over 20 years. Their only loss on the season came to USC in early November. Seattle beat Portland last year 67-56, that game was down in Portland. This year’s matchup will be held at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent as part of the Elgin Baylor Classic. Tip-off is set for 7:00pm.
The Redhawks took down a short-handed Idaho team Saturday night. Seattle used a dominant second half to secure the 74-55 win. The first half was a rough one for the Redhawks. They couldn’t string together a consistent offense as Idaho’s zone defense seemed to slow their attack. The Vandals even sent double and triple teams towards Myles Carter anytime he touched the ball in the low post. Overall, Seattle shot just 40% from the field and 26% from behind the arc. Idaho was at a bit of a disadvantage throughout the game. The Vandals only had 7 dressed players on their trip to the Redhawk Center. As the game progressed, it was evident that the fatigue factor of having that short of a bench was catching up to them. “Our defense wore them down in the 2nd half,” said Jr. guard Aaron Nettles. “Coach is always telling us to push the tempo and when you see a team with only 7 guys it’s good to push that.” Seattle started to pull away in the second half thanks to tempo. The Redhawks went on several runs in the final 20 minutes, including a 15-3 one over the final 3:30 of the game. The team seemed to really get into their groove when Jordan Dallas checked in off the bench. The 6’10 grad transfer had all 11 of his points in the second half, going 3-4 from the 3-point line. Overall the game wasn’t Seattle’s best, but the final score matters more than the box score. On the positive side, the Redhawks did force 18 turnovers on the day and scored 21 points off of those turnovers. They also outscored Idaho’s bench 36-10, albeit those were only 2 players. With the win, the Redhawks improve to 4-5 on the young season. They have also won back-to-back games over D1 schools for the first time this season. WHAT’S NEXT: Seattle will have short rest as they play host to Incarnate Word on Tuesday. The Cardinals will also be on short rest as they play at Portland on Sunday. Incarnate Word is currently 2-5 on the season. That will be a 7:00 pm tip-off in Seattle.