The Redhawks led with two seconds to go, but a late jumper doomed them in a 75-74 overtime loss to the Roadrunners.
KENT — It took an extra five minutes and a bit of a fluky play at the end.
But the result was frustratingly the same for the Seattle University Redhawks Wednesday night in a 75-74 overtime defeat to Cal State-Bakersfield at the ShoWare Center.
The loss dropped Seattle U to 1-9 this season in games decided by six points or less.
This one came via a 15-foot jumper from Stephon Carter with two seconds left a pass that was tipped by Seattle U’s Chad Rasmussen into his unsuspecting hands.
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Carter — standing all alone about 15 feet from the bucket — hit a jumper that gave the Roadrunners the win when Seattle U was unable to get off a final shot.
“It’s the ball bouncing the wrong way, other teams getting a lot of breaks,” Rasmussen said, trying to explain Seattle U’s inability to win close ones. “But we are going to have our time.”
It looked like it might happen Wednesday in front of 1,052 who showed up for the ShoWare College Classic, a game designed to help spread the Redhawks’ brand to the South End.
After trailing the entire second half, the Redhawks forced overtime on a layin by Prince Obasi with 10.2 seconds left.
And after trailing by four in overtime, the Redhawks took a 74-73 lead on a Rasmussen three-pointer with 20.4 seconds left.
The Roadrunners appeared to be running out of time when Brandon Barnes, the son of CSUB coach Rod Barnes who led Ole Miss to the Sweet 16 in 2001, tried to hit Corey Hall inside, only to have Rasmussen tip it to Carter.
“Literally, we are right there so many times against everybody,” said Seattle U. coach Cameron Dollar after the Redhawks fell to 8-20. “So I take it as a great positive, even though it is frustrating, that we are fighting our butts off.”
The game was a matchup of teams that will be rivals next season in the Western Athletic Conference. Seattle U is one of three members of the WAC returning to the conference (the others are Idaho and New Mexico State) while CSU-Bakersfield is one of six teams joining to make up for the seven that are leaving.
Tyrone White led the Roadrunners, who improved to 13-16, with a game-high 27, hitting 7-of-13 three-pointers.
White played with Terrence Jones and former Husky Terrence Ross at Jefferson High in Portland in 2007-08, helping the school win a state title his senior year. Barnes added 19 and Carter had 12.
Seattle U was led by Rasmussen’s 13, while Louis Green had 11 and Prince Obasi added 10.
The Roadrunners led by eight with eight minutes left in the game and held the lead throughout the second half. But the Redhawks never let the Roadrunners race too far ahead in forcing their second overtime game of the year — the other a one-point loss in double overtime to New Mexico State.
The Redhawks will conclude their WAC schedule Saturday night at Idaho before playing Tuesday night in the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas. The Redhawks would have to win four games in five days to win the tournament and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. It’s still uncertain who Seattle U will play in the first round.