Aaron Menzies hadd 16 points and 10 rebounds for his ninth double-double this season and Seattle held off Cal State Bakersfield 59-55 on Friday night at KeyArena.
Aaron Menzies had 16 points and 10 rebounds for his ninth double-double this season and Seattle U held off Cal State Bakersfield 59-55 on Friday night at KeyArena.
Seattle had a nine-point lead with three minutes left when Bakersfield’s Damiyne Durham scored seven straight points, capped by a three-pointer with 1:21 remaining. After a Seattle free throw, Jordan Hill blocked a three-point attempt by Durham and Scott Ulaneo made two free throws for a 58-53 Seattle lead with 10 seconds left. Bakersfield got a basket with two seconds left before a SU free throw.
“Bakersfield makes it really, really hard to score, so respect to them,” said Seattle University coach Jim Hayford. “We are very fortunate to have come out on this side. Bottom line is that we made one or two more winning plays.”
Hill added 11 points and Matej Kavas 10 for the Redhawks (15-8, 4-2 Western Athletic Conference), who have won four of their past five games and snapped a five-game losing streak against the Roadrunners (8-13, 1-5).
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Shon Briggs had 14 points and Durham 13 for Bakersfield.
“We’re getting really good minutes from Aaron, Jordan came up with a big winning play and Scott made two clutch free throws,” Hayford said. “That was a really gritty win, something we couldn’t have done three weeks ago.”