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.
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.