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.
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.