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December 16, 2012 at 3:27 PM

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All Access: Seattle University Basketball


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Seattle University Head Coach Cameron Dollar tries to feed the Redhawks' aggressiveness early in the second half, when after a weak start, they opened with an 11-2 run. They couldn't keep the momentum going against the University of Washington Huskies and fell 87-74, in a game that many thought would be much closer.

Last week, I got to go behind the scenes with the men's basketball team at Seattle University with sports columnist Jerry Brewer while the team prepared and played their cross-town rival, the University of Washington Huskies. Coming off momentum from a win early in the week at Eastern Washington, there was a definite sense of urgency and optimism in the Redhawks leading up to the game, which they lost 87-74. As Jerry explores in his column, it's all part of Seattle U's journey with coach Cameron Dollar to grow as they transition back into more serious competition - Division I play and NCAA tournament eligibility.

As a photographer, this story was a treat to work on. I enjoy exploring the personalities that make a team, and they were extremely open with their access. It was also striking how family oriented they are. Dollar's father is an assistant coach and his three kids are fun fixtures at his side.

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Sterling Carter, a Seattle native who went to Franklin High School and transferred to Seattle University after a redshirt year at the University of the Pacific, has a tattoo with the word "Driven" on his wrist.

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Players pile on top of Chad Rasmussen, center, after an energetic set of drills where the players had to take a charge, pop up and dive for the ball during practice Wednesday December 12, 2012, the day before Seattle University takes on the University of Washington.

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Head Coach Cameron Dollar watches as D'Vonne Pickett Jr. makes a pass in practice December 11, 2012, the day after a 75-69 win at Eastern Washington and two days before Seattle University takes on the University of Washington. Just hours after arriving back from Cheney, the team jumped into practice.

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From left, Giselle Dollar, 7, and her brothers Jalen, 7, and Jason, 3, keep themselves occupied during practice Tuesday December 11, 2012 by drawing on basketball clipboards while their father Cameron Dollar coaches his team, the Seattle University Redhawks.

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Players share jokes and jabs over bowls of pasta and Italian dishes at Buca Di Beppo in South Lake Union, where they eat before each home game.

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Allen Tate gets a ride from Chad Rasmussen from the team's pregame dinner back to KeyArena. While many teams would take charter buses together before games, the Seattle U players drive themselves to the game.

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D'Vonne Pickett Jr. changes out of his game-day dress clothes and into his jersey in the locker room before the Redhawks take on the Huskies. Pickett is from Rainier Beach High School and went to junior college in Arizona before transferring up to Seattle University.

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With an hour to kill before warm-ups begin, Chad Rasmussen, left, Allen Tate, and Tidjane Diop, right, watch from the top level of seats in KeyArena as the cheer teams run through routines and the anthem singer practices.

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Desmond Simmons and the Huskies, left, stretch in warmups on midcourt with Deshaun Sunderhaus and the Redhawks, right, before their annual rivalry game at KeyArena Thursday.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Head Coach Cameron Dollar holds the door for his sons Jason, 3, middle, and Jalen, 7, right, while walking into KeyArena before the game.

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Clarence Trent dances in the huddle during introductions before the Redhawks take on the Huskies. He transferred from Washington and is Seattle University's leading scorer and rebounder.

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Seattle University Head Coach Cameron Dollar and University of Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar embrace before their teams' annual rivalry game Thursday December 13, 2012 at KeyArena in Seattle. Dollar worked for seven years as an assistant coach for Romar at the University of Washington, and the two are very close.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Head Coach Cameron Dollar tries to inspire his players to dig deeper during their halftime locker room break. "The facts are, we went out there and got spooked," Dollar said. "You can't sit back. Can't sit back. Don't be afraid to mess up. We've got to create some life."

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Washington's Desmond Simmons knocks a rebound out of Clarence Trent's grasp during the second half of Seattle U's 87-74 loss.

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Seattle University's Clarence Trent, front, and Deshaun Sunderhaus put their heads down in the locker room after the game.

More pictures in the photo gallery | Read Jerry Brewer's column.
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