Seattle loses a close one, fall to CBU 72-65

by Kevin Nesgoda
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Lancers nearly lead wire to wire, as California Baptist beat Seattle 72-65 at the ShoWare Center.

A rough start is an understatement when it comes to Seattle’s opening 10 minutes. The team couldn’t find the bottom of the net to save their lives early, even shooting under 15% in the first 4 minutes. That allowed for the Lancers to jump out to a 11-3 lead.

Things took a turn into the Redhawks favor as the half continued, not necessarily due to shots falling more, but due to drawing more fouls. California Baptist was called for 12 fouls to Seattle’s 6. This allowed for the Redhawks to slow the game down and get to the line. They went 7-10 from the charity stripe, while the Lancers had only one attempt from the line.

3-point shooting also greatly helped the comeback effort. 5-17 isnt the best mark from behind the arc, but compared to their overall 9-33 from the field it’s clear how big it was. Only 4 shots were knocked down inside the arc. This helped close the gap heading into the half, Seattle down 33-30.

Seattle would again fall down by 10 in the second half early. Bul Kuol hit the 3 plus the foul to put the Lancers up 11 with 16:10 to go in the game. After that point the Redhawks went on a 10-2 run, including a mini 7-0 run by Mattia DeCampo. This cut the deficit to 3, 45-42.

DeCampo’s hot shooting was needed in the final stretch. Terrell Brown, 14 points, was struggling from the field and was dealing with 4 fouls most of the 2nd half. Riley Grigsby, 7 points, also was having a rough night for the Redhawks. The two ended up combining for just 21 points on 6-31 shooting on the day.

The Redhawks finally took the lead when DeCampo hit a 3 at the 10:00 mark. That however, did not last long. CBU went on a 17-10 run over the next 7 minutes. Under 2 minutes to go, Seattle found themselves down 63-57. The home team just couldn’t get a bucket when they needed it down the stretch. Outside of a layup from Morgan Means, Seattle didn’t have another shot from the field go down in the final 3 minutes of the game.

Lancers would put away the game, and secure the win at 72-65.

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A player who had a huge game for the Lancers was Dejon Davis. The CBU big man didn’t have the best of nights from the field but he did secure 19 rebounds. In total the Lancers out rebounded Seattle by 15, so to say Davis was a difference maker is an understatement. Myles Carter did not start the game, but had to come in just to compete with Davis on the boards. Carter ended the night with 11 boards.

The Lancers were lead offensively by Washington State transfer Milan Acquaah who had 18 points. DeCampo, Means and Brown all scored in double digits for Seattle.

WHAT’S NEXT:

Seattle has a week off before they hit the road to take on Utah Valley. UVU currently sits at 9-14 on the season with a conference record of 3-5. That game will be a 1pm tip-off in Orem, Utah. You can follow the game live on the WAC Digital Network or listen live on KTTH 770 AM.

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