Seattle U men routed by Stanford, 72-49
Redhawks never get closer than 17 points in second half against Pac-12 visitors.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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Stanford is long.
Seattle University simply has a long ways to go.
That combination added up to a 72-49 win for the Cardinal over the Redhawks in front of 3,046 Thursday night at KeyArena.
A Stanford team with six players 6 feet 7 or taller in its rotation harassed Seattle U all over the court, forcing the Redhawks into a season-low 32.2 percent shooting (19 of 59), including 4 of 18 on three-pointers.
"Their length bothered us more than you could even quantify," said Seattle U coach Cameron Dollar after the Redhawks fell to 2-3.
Especially in the first half, as Stanford overcame an early 7-2 deficit to take a 40-17 lead at the break, the game essentially decided.
Seattle U had 12 turnovers, no assists and was 0 for 8 on three-pointers in the first half as the Cardinal (7-1) took control.
"On the offensive end, we are not ready to score against them," Dollar said.
Stanford's defensive effort allowed it to overcome a zero-point night for leading scorer Josh Owens. Among those who took up the slack was sophomore forward John Gage of Vashon Island, who had a team-high eight points in the first half.
Another local player, guard Aaron Bright of Bellevue High, had six in the first half and finished with 10.
Stanford has been one of the surprise teams in the Pac-12, having reached the final of the NIT Season Tip-Off, and with a home game on tap Sunday against North Carolina State, a letdown wouldn't have been a surprise.
"We looked at this as a dangerous game," Bright said. "We wanted to throw the first punch."
The Cardinal did, going on a 20-2 run midway through the first half to turn the game into a rout.
"They've got great length and they played the passing lanes and we froze up a little bit," Dollar said.
Stanford led 57-26 midway through the second half before the Redhawks went on a 17-3 run to cause the Cardinal to call a timeout. The Redhawks pressed throughout that run, with Dollar subbing in five players every minute or so to "keep guys fresh," he said.
But Seattle U never got closer than 17.
"This was a good measuring stick for us," said forward Eric Wallace, who led the Redhawks with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Wallace, one of three starters who weren't with the team last year, said the Redhawks are still learning how to play together. "This was a game to kind of get your feet wet," he said.
Guard Prince Obasi, another newcomer, added 11 points. No other Seattle U player had more than five.
Dollar had hoped for a more competitive game — Seattle U had played Stanford tough in California last March, losing 77-66 in a game it trailed by only one at halftime.
But Dollar said Stanford, which was led by the 15 points of guard Anthony Brown, has "progressed from last year."
And despite the score, he said, his team has, too.
"We just have to keep playing; we will keep getting better," Dollar said. "We will be ready to play against a team like that as the season progresses."
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Attendance: 3,046. Officials: Mike Littlewood, Mike Reed, Larry Spaulding.
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