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.
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.
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.