Seattle U beats UTPA for 2nd straight win

Good manners and better media training means you may never hear a college basketball player or coach describe a victory as "easy." But no matter how Seattle U coach Cameron Dollar and his Redhawks choose to describe it, Thursday's 83-62 win over Texas-Pan American was among their easiest of the season.

The Redhawks led the Broncs from start to finish at KeyArena, sweeping the season series from the WAC newcomers and winning their second straight following a stretch in which SU had lost seven of eight games.

For a team that has struggled shooting the ball recently, Seattle U (11-10 overall, 3-5 in the WAC) began the game on fire. Emerson Murray, Clarence Trent and Jarell Flora each hit three-pointers, and Shore Adenekan's dunk got SU out to an 11-2 lead.

The Broncs (6-18, 2-7) responded with a 7-0 run, but Adenekan ended that with another dunk to spark a 21-5 run that would essentially put the game away for the Redhawks.

"It's good to get an effort like that at home tonight, as we have played well on the road, but we needed to do something like this in front of our fans," Dollar said afterward. "Our guys are improving and getting better, and tonight they imposed their will and were aggressive on both ends of the floor."

Isiah Umipig led SU with 21 points, going 5-for-12 from three-point range, while D'Vonne Pickett Jr. scored 15 off the bench. Adenekan added 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Flora hit three treys on his way to 11 points. Jack Crook chipped in seven points and nine rebounds for SU.

The Redhawks' next game is Saturday at 7 p.m. against two-time defending WAC champion New Mexico State. It will be televised on ROOT Sports.


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