SEATTLE, Wash. — Four players scored in double figures as Seattle University continued to perform on both ends of the floor in picking up its second straight home victory, a 73-66 win over Utah State Thursday night at KeyArena at Seattle Center.
Aaron Broussard led Seattle U with 17 points, seven rebounds, and two steals, while Sterling Carter hit four three-pointers for a 12-point performance. Eric Wallace and Prince Obasi scored 10 points apiece, and Cervante Burrell contributed seven points, five rebounds, and five assists.
After Preston Medlin scored the first basket of the game, the Redhawks tallied 13 unanswered points, the last six on back-to-back three-pointers by Broussard and Carter. Down 22-9 seven minutes into the game, the Aggies went on an 11-2 scoring run to cut their deficit to four, but four points by Clarence Trent (Tacoma, Wash.) and a bucket from Broussard extended Seattle U's lead back to 10 at 30-20.
Utah State (10-9) scored seven straight points, four from Morgan Grim and a three-pointer by Brockeith Pane with 1:43 left in the first half, to close the margin to three at 30-27. Broussard hit a layup and Burrell made two free throws as Seattle U took a 34-27 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
Danny Berger hit a three-pointer to start the second half, but two three-pointers by Carter and two layups from Trent led to a 10-4 Redhawk run that established another double-digit lead for the home team. Pane hit two free throws to bring the Aggies within three at 52-49 with 8:06 remaining in the second half, but the Redhawks put the game away with a 12-3 scoring run over the next five minutes, including back-to-back three-pointer by Chad Rasmussen (University Place, Wash.) and Obasi.
Pane led the Aggies with 20 points, while Medlin contributed 19 points, four assists, and two steals. For the game, Utah State shot 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from the field, including 7-of-23 from behind the three-point line, and 81.3 percent (13-of-16) from the free throw line.
Seattle U shot 53.2 percent (25-of-47) from the field, including 8-of-14 from behind the three-point line, and 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the free throw line. The Redhawks won the rebounding battle, 35-24, which helped overcome 17 Seattle U turnovers that led to 23 points for the Aggies.