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Turnovers keep Seattle University in check

Redhawks keep it close, but 22-3 Louisiana Tech prevails

Special to The Seattle Times

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Turnovers, for the second time in three games, did in the Seattle University men's basketball team.

After yielding 26 giveaways in a defeat last Thursday at Denver, the Redhawks committed 23 Thursday night at KeyArena in a 64-58 setback against Louisiana Tech, the leader of the Western Athletic Conference.

Louisiana Tech (22-3, 13-0 WAC) uses a high-pressure style of defense that has the Bulldogs ranked sixth among Division I teams in turnover margin (plus-5).

Yet Seattle U — 7-17, 2-12 with four consecutive defeats — is averaging 18.9 turnovers a game, and coach Cameron Dollar says the root of the issue lies with him and his team.

"We turned it over at Denver and they played a totally different defense," Seattle U's fourth-year coach said. "So I think it's more us."

After trailing 32-26 following a first half that had four lead changes, Seattle took a 43-41 lead with 11 minutes 13 seconds to play when senior Louis Green hit an inside leaner followed by a free throw.

Louisiana Tech then went on a 10-0 run while the Redhawks committed turnovers on four of its next five possessions.

"That was it," Dollar conceded. "You can't have those empty possessions. We kind of lose our minds there for a second."

Inside buckets by Clarence Trent and Green got the Redhawks as close as 51-47 with 5:13 left to play, but Seattle never drew any closer.

D'Vonne Pickett Jr. led Seattle U with 12 points while Green had 11 off the bench, hitting 4 of 5 from the field. Trent had 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

Chris Anderson scored 15 for Louisiana Tech, which won its 14th consecutive game despite shooting 38 percent from the floor and hitting just 14 of 26 free throws. Seattle shot 46 percent from the field but forced only 12 turnovers.

"The percentages weren't that bad," Dollar said. "But I've got to do a better job. We can't turn it over that much. I put it more on me than the guys. I've got to do a better job of putting them in the right positions so we don't turn it over like that.

"It went away for a while," he said. "We actually had done a pretty good job, but these last couple of games it kind of flared up again. But we were OK against New Mexico State (15 turnovers in a 60-57 road defeat last Saturday). We're a little schizophrenic with it."

Note

• Seattle's final KeyArena game, and Senior Night, is Saturday at 7 vs. Texas-Arlington.

• The Redhawks remain one game shy of winning their 1,000th men's basketball game since the program began in 1945. Seattle U's overall record stands at 999-903.

• Seattle plays Cal State-Bakersfield, a future WAC member, in Kent's ShoWare Center on March 6 in what is designated as a neutral site game.

LOUISIANA TECH 64, SEATTLE 58

LOUISIANA TECH (22-3) — Kyser 1-9 0-0 2, Anderson 5-8 4-4 15, Appleby 3-13 1-4 7, Smith 3-7 1-2 9, C. Johnson 1-2 0-0 3, Hamilton 0-2 1-2 1, Gibson 3-9 3-6 10, Massey 0-0 0-2 0, McNeail 0-0 1-2 1, J. Johnson 2-4 3-4 8, Lewis 4-4 0-0 8. Totals 22-58 14-26 64.

SEATTLE (7-17) — Sunderhaus 1-2 0-0 2, Trent 4-9 2-2 10, Rasmussen 3-8 0-0 8, Pickett Jr. 6-13 0-1 12, Flora 2-7 0-0 6, Obasi 2-4 0-2 4, Tate 0-0 0-0 0, Green 4-5 3-3 11, Crook 1-1 1-2 3, Bidart 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 23-50 8-12 58.

Halftime — Louisiana Tech 32-26. Three-point goals — Louisiana Tech 6-17 (Smith 2-3, J. Johnson 1-1, C. Johnson 1-2, Anderson 1-2, Gibson 1-6, Hamilton 0-1, Appleby 0-2), Seattle 4-12 (Flora 2-3, Rasmussen 2-6, Bidart 0-1, Pickett Jr. 0-1, Trent 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Louisiana Tech 34 (Kyser 6), Seattle 36 (Trent 10). Assists — Louisiana Tech 7 (Hamilton 2), Seattle 12 (Pickett Jr. 7). Total fouls — Louisiana Tech 16, Seattle 19. A — 2,208.

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