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Denver hands Seattle U 64-51 loss

Chase Hallam had 17 points, making five three-pointers, and Denver beat Seattle 64-51 on Saturday in a Western Athletic Conference game...

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Chase Hallam had 17 points, making five three-pointers, and Denver beat Seattle 64-51 on Saturday in a Western Athletic Conference game for the Pioneers' fifth straight win.

Denver (9-7, 5-1 WAC) made six three-pointers in the first 11 minutes of the game to pull out to a 28-9 lead, three of them by Hallam. The Pioneers finished with 12 three-pointers overall and shot 55.2 percent from the field to take a 43-29 advantage into the intermission.

An 8-1 scoring run by the Redhawks that spanned the last two minutes of the first half and the first two minutes of the second half closed the gap to 11 at 44-33, but three-pointers from Hallam and Royce O'Neale kept the home team at a distance.

"Our guys were ready to play and jumped out to an early lead," Denver coach Joe Scott said. "We knew Seattle was going to come out in the second half and play a physical game to try to make a run. Our guys met the challenge, and our defense in the second half was terrific. We got contributions from a lot of guys."

Clarence Trent led Seattle U (5-10, 0-5) with 15 points and six rebounds, while Deshaun Sunderhaus finished with nine points, Prince Obasi had eight points, six rebounds, and three assists, and D'Vonne Pickett Jr. had eight points and four steals.

Hallam led Denver with 17 points, Chris Udofia finished with 15 points, six assists, and three blocked shots, and Jalen Love contributed 11 points, three assists, and two steals. O'Neale nearly notched a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds, helping the Pioneers win the rebounding battle, 31-30.

The Redhawks shot 46.7 percent (21 of 45) from the field, including 12 of 22 in the first half, but they were 0 for 9 from behind the three-point line and only 9 of 20 from the free-throw line.

Seattle University travels to Texas Arlington on Thursday and Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Both games start at 5 p.m. Seattle time.

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