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Originally published February 29, 2012 at 9:54 PM | Page modified March 1, 2012 at 4:47 PM

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Seattle U crushes Longwood 111-74

When it was over, Seattle U had its eighth straight home win and eighth victory in its last 11 games overall, improving to 11-15 on the season after a 3-12 start.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Earlier this season, Seattle University men's basketball coach Cameron Dollar felt his team too often came out a little tight and tentative, especially at KeyArena.

That wasn't a problem Wednesday night as the Redhawks made their first seven shots and jumped out to a 20-2 lead less than three minutes in and coasted to a 111-74 win against visiting Longwood in front of 2,311.

"We came out smoking," Dollar said.

When it was over, Seattle U had its eighth straight home win and eighth victory in its last 11 games overall, improving to 11-15 on the season after a 3-12 start.

The win also gave Seattle U a sweep of its two-game series against Longwood, which along with the Redhawks are one of just three remaining Division I Independents. Both will join conferences next year — Seattle U. the WAC and Longwood the Big South.

And for the visitors, it was the last game in a season in which it has traveled almost 20,000 miles. The Lancers — down to seven players due to injury and suspension — looked suitably weary, turning the ball over 22 times, 16 in the first half.

That helped lead to Seattle U's early onslaught as the Redhawks jumped out to a 65-23 halftime lead.

Sophomore Sterling Carter of Franklin High led the way, hitting four three-pointers in the first three minutes and 6 of 9 in the first half, scoring 22 points by halftime despite playing just nine minutes due to foul trouble. He finished with 28 points as the Redhawks scored their most points at home since the 1996-97 season.

The Redhawks needed a big comeback to beat Longwood 100-99 in overtime on the road on Feb. 11 and Carter said Seattle U., wanted to prove it was a different team.

"I felt as a team we needed to come out and make a statement," Carter said. "Down there (Longwood is in Farmville, Va.,) we won but we didn't play our best game and we wanted to show that as a team we are much improved."

As for his shooting, Carter said he felt the hot hand during the pregame shoot-around and thought that "it was going to be one of those days."

Reserve Jarell Flora scored 14 for the Redhawks, who will end their regular season at home against Portland State on March 10.

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