Redhawks return home, lose 2nd straight

Back in the very familiar confines of KeyArena from their first true road game of the season -- a 41-point demolition at the hands of UC Santa Barbara -- Seattle U was hoping to return to the win column against Eastern Washington on Saturday night.

The Redhawks instead dropped their second game in a row, as Eagles' junior forward Venky Jois went off for 38 points (13-18 FG, 12-15 FT) in Eastern's 87-75 victory.

Last Thursday, the Redhawks (3-5) played their first game outside of the state of Washington this season, falling 87-46 to the Gauchos.

Six-foot-8, 265-pound center Alan Williams, who was recently featured in Sports Illustrated in an article labeling him the most productive big man in college basketball, led UCSB with 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in 25 minutes. Williams scored in the paint pretty much at will against SU, and when the Redhawks' D collapsed around him, the ball efficiently found its way to open shooters. The Gauchos made 12 of their 22 three-point attempts (54.5 percent), while Seattle U shot just 5-of-20 from deep (25 percent).

Senior point guard Isiah Umipig led SU with 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3PA) against Santa Barbara, the only Redhawk to score in double figures. Junior guard Manroop Clair had seven points (2-10 FG), while senior guard Jarell Flora and sophomore guard Emmanuel Chibuogwu scored six apiece.

On Saturday, the Redhawks were back at KeyArena for the seventh time in their first nine games.

Seattle U's offense showed up this time -- scoring its second-highest total of the season -- but the defense struggled again. Jois, a 6-8 junior from Australia, had a career night against the Redhawks. He bumped his season averages to 21.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

EWU also got 18 points from guard Tyler Harvey, while guard Drew Brandon had five points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.

Umipig against led SU with 24 points (7-21 FG, 4-12 3PA) and six assists. Flora scored 12 points, and freshman point guard Jadon Cohee had 12 points in 13 minutes off the bench. Junior forward Deshaun Sunderhaus chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds for the Redhawks.

Seattle U goes back on the road for its next game, against San Jose State on Saturday, Dec. 13. Two days later the Redhawks play a home game at the on-campus Connolly Center, against Northwest University.

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