After a cold-shooting first half RedHawks find three-point shooting touch.
Cameron Tyson and Darrion Trammell combined for 45 points as Seattle U men’s basketball used an explosive second-half performance to rally for a 71-65 Western Athletic Conference win over Utah Valley Wednesday night at Climate Pledge Arena.
The result moved the Redhawks to 11-4 on the season and 2-0 in WAC play, while the Wolverines dropped to 11-5 overall and 2-2 in league action.
Trailing 32-23 at the break following a 0-12 performance from three and 28 percent shooting overall in the first half, Seattle U came out in the second half with renewed energy.
RIley Grigsby knocked down a three on the first possession to kick start an 11-3 run to start the second. Tyson added a two-point jumper and back-to-back threes, cutting the UVU lead to just one, 35-34, at the 17:17 mark.
“I don’t know if we win this game a month ago,” said Interim Head Coach Chris Victor. “But tonight we showed how much we’ve grown as a group. Towards the end of the first half we started getting frustrated, taking bad shots and forcing it. At halftime we told the guys, ‘you’ve put in the work, you’re great players and great shooters, you’re going to start making them.'”
Utah Valley responded with a run that saw them push their lead to a game high 10-points after a Fardaws Aimaq jump shot with 7:36 remaining in regulation.
From that point on the Wolverines would manage just 11 points as the Redhawks defensive effort ramped up. SU complemented that with an explosion from three, knocking down six triples over the last 6:35 of game action.
With just 39 seconds remaining, Tyson hit his fifth three of the night to cap off a 25-point performance and give Seattle U a two-possession lead, 65-61. Trammell and Tyson would combine to hit six consecutive free throws in the final seconds to keep the Wolverines at bay.
“Riley coming out in the second half and scoring early really helped us,” said Victor. “And then Cam hit some big shots, Riley and Darrion hit some big shots. That’s a great Utah Valley team and a great conference win for our guys.”
Tyson added five boards to his 25-point performance. Trammell finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Grigsby added 13 points and Emeka Udenyi chipped in seven with six rebounds.
Utah Valley was paced by Aimaq’s 16 points and nine rebounds. Le’Tre Darthard added 15 points and Connor Harding had 13.
Seattle U shot 48 percent from the field in the second half, including 10-of-21 from deep while holding the Wolverines to just 34 percent.
On deck for Seattle U is a matchup with Dixie State on Saturday, as the Trailblazers will be making their first trip to Seattle since joining the WAC. Tip-off between the Redhawks and Trailblazers is scheduled for 1 pm at the Redhawk Center.