The Redhawks took down a short-handed Idaho team Saturday night. Seattle used a dominant second half to secure the 74-55 win.
The first half was a rough one for the Redhawks. They couldn’t string together a consistent offense as Idaho’s zone defense seemed to slow their attack. The Vandals even sent double and triple teams towards Myles Carter anytime he touched the ball in the low post. Overall, Seattle shot just 40% from the field and 26% from behind the arc.
Idaho was at a bit of a disadvantage throughout the game. The Vandals only had 7 dressed players on their trip to the Redhawk Center. As the game progressed, it was evident that the fatigue factor of having that short of a bench was catching up to them.
“Our defense wore them down in the 2nd half,” said Jr. guard Aaron Nettles. “Coach is always telling us to push the tempo and when you see a team with only 7 guys it’s good to push that.”
Seattle started to pull away in the second half thanks to tempo.
The Redhawks went on several runs in the final 20 minutes, including a 15-3 one over the final 3:30 of the game. The team seemed to really get into their groove when Jordan Dallas checked in off the bench. The 6’10 grad transfer had all 11 of his points in the second half, going 3-4 from the 3-point line.
Overall the game wasn’t Seattle’s best, but the final score matters more than the box score. On the positive side, the Redhawks did force 18 turnovers on the day and scored 21 points off of those turnovers. They also outscored Idaho’s bench 36-10, albeit those were only 2 players.
With the win, the Redhawks improve to 4-5 on the young season. They have also won back-to-back games over D1 schools for the first time this season.
Seattle will have short rest as they play host to Incarnate Word on Tuesday. The Cardinals will also be on short rest as they play at Portland on Sunday. Incarnate Word is currently 2-5 on the season. That will be a 7:00 pm tip-off in Seattle.