WAC Men's Basketball Recaps - March 6
KENT, Wash. – (SU Media Relations) Seattle University came back from a second-half deficit to force overtime, but CSU Bakersfield's Stephon Carter hit a jumper with two seconds remaining in the extra period to give the Roadrunners a 75-74 victory over the Redhawks Wednesday night in the second annual ShoWare College Showcase at the ShoWare Center.
Tyrone White hit a three-pointer to give CSU Bakersfield a 49-41 lead with eight minutes remaining in regulation, but the Redhawks scored six unanswered points, four of them on free throws by Louis Green (Westchester, Ill.), to cut their deficit to two before White stopped the run with another three-pointer. A subsequent long distance shot by White with 3:08 left in the second half put the Roadrunners ahead, 59-52.
Starting with a three-pointer from Clarence Trent (Tacoma, Wash.), Seattle U went on a 9-2 scoring run over the next minute-and-a-half, with D'Vonne Pickett Jr. (Seattle, Wash.) converting a traditional three-point play to pull the Redhawks into a 61-61 tie. Corey Hall hit a layup with 35 seconds remaining to put CSUB back up by two.
After the two teams traded free throws, Prince Obasi (Reseda, Calif.) hit a shot with 11 seconds left to tie the game at 64-64. Hall had a chance to win the game as his defender fell down, but his layup opportunity rolled off the rim, setting up the extra period.
Javante Maynor hit a three-pointer and a jumper in the first two minutes of overtime to give the Roadrunners a 69-65 advantage, but Deshaun Sunderhaus (Conyers, Ga.) and Obasi hit two free throws apiece to tie the game at 69-69. Carter hit a shot with 42 seconds left in overtime to put CSUB ahead, but Chad Rasmussen (University Place, Wash.) answered with a three-pointer to give the Redhawks a 74-73 lead with 22 seconds left.
CSU Bakersfield (13-16) went right into its offense, but Seattle U's defense nearly stole the ball, as Rasmussen tipped a pass from Brandon Barnes. Fortunately for the Roadrunners, the ball landed in Carter's hands, and he hit a 15-foot jumper with two seconds left. Seattle U called timeout and attempted a long pass, but Allen Tate (Hobbs, N.M.) overthrew Sunderhaus, and the Roadrunners were able to run the clock out for the win.
Rasmussen led a balanced Redhawk attack with 13 points, while Green finished with 11 points, five rebounds, and two blocked shots, and Obasi contributed 10 points. Sunderhaus collected nine points, seven rebounds, and two blocked shots, and Pickett also scored nine points, plus he pulled down four rebounds and dished out five assists.
White led all players with 27 points, hitting seven three-pointers along the way, while Barnes notched a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Carter, CSUB's all-time leading scorer, finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
Seattle U shot 40.7 percent (24-of-59) from the field, including 5-of-16 from behind the three-point line, and 70 percent (21-of-30) from the free throw line. The Redhawks won the rebounding battle, 41-36, and committed 15 turnovers during the game, only five of those coming after halftime. CSU Bakersfield shot 46.2 percent (30-of-65) from the field, including 9-of-24 from behind the three-point line, but just 50 percent (6-of-12) from the free throw line.
Seattle University (8-20) heads to Moscow, Idaho, for the final game of the regular season against the Idaho Vandals Saturday, March 9, starting at 7:05 p.m. The Redhawks will then head to Las Vegas, Nev., for the WAC Basketball Tournament at the Orleans Arena, playing a first round game Tuesday, March 12, at either 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.