GAME PREVIEW: MBB vs. College of Idaho

Russell Brown


SEATTLE – Seattle U men’s basketball (4-4) remains at home for a second consecutive contest, hosting College of Idaho (1-4) on Thursday, Dec. 17. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.  in the Redhawk Center. The game will be broadcast live on the WAC Digital Network and can be heard live on KTTH 770 AM and


Seattle U and College of Idaho have one previous meeting in program history, a 76-64 win for the Yotes on Dec. 20, 1982 in Idaho.

While Seattle U and College of Idaho have minimal history playing against each other, the two programs do have one big connection – Elgin Baylor. Baylor began his collegiate career at College of Idaho, playing one season for the Coyotes in 1954-55. He averaged 32.8 points and 18.9 rebounds, leading the Coyotes to a Northwest Conference title and runner-up finish in the District 5 championships. Baylor went on to start at Seattle U for two seasons, leading the 1958 Seattle U team to the NCAA title game. He earned Most Outstanding Player honors even though Kentucky won that championship contest. He scored 60 points on Jan. 30, 1958, against Portland, one of 11 school records he still holds. He was drafted No. 1 overall by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1958 and began a professional career that included 11 All-Star Game appearances and a spot on the NBA’s 50th anniversary team. Baylor is a member of both schools’ athletic Hall of Fames.


  • Seattle U moved to 4-4 on the season with an 89-40 win over Northwest on Dec. 13.
  • The game was the Redhawks’ home opener, the latest home opener date since 1988-89 when Seattle U played its first 10 games on the road and did not host a home game until Jan. 6, 1989.
  • The 89 points scored against Northwest are a season high and the 40 points allowed are a season low.
  • The 40 points allowed by Northwest is the least allowed by a Redhawks squad since Dec. 17, 2015 when they earned a 98-36 win over Northwest Indian College.
  • Riley Grigsby had a team-high 27 points in the win over the Eagles, marking the fourth time this season he has led the Redhawks in scoring.
  • Darrion Trammell added 15 points and six assists while Jared Pearre came off the bench to chip in a season-high 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
  • Seattle U shot a season-high 57.6% from the field and season-high 80% from the free-throw line, but struggled from deep, going just 5-of-21 (23.8%).


  • Seattle U opened the season with three consecutive wins for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
  • The Redhawks picked up wins over WCC member Portland, NAIA William Jessup and Mountain West member Air Force in that stretch.
  • Seattle U’s 41 points at UW on Dec. 9 was the fewest points scored since a 59-44 loss at UTRGV on Feb. 14, 2019. It also marks the fewest points scored in a game during Jim Hayford‘s tenure.
  • Emeka Udenyi was the lone double-digit scorer for the Redhawks at UW on Dec. 9, finishing with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting. He leads the team shooting 69.7 percent from the field.
  • Sophomore Darrion Trammell had a career-high 32 points in the loss at Long Beach State on Dec. 6. The game also marked his first start of the year.
  • Riley Grigsby poured in six three pointers on his way to 24 points at Long Beach State on Dec. 6. The six threes were a career-high and the most threes made in a game since Matej Kavas drained six on Dec. 23, 2017 against Nicholls State.
  • Nate Robinson made his first appearance of the season on Dec. 3 at UCLA after missing the first four games due to a toe injury. The junior guard had two points, one rebound and one block in nine minutes of action.
  • Junior Rip Economou drained four threes on Nov. 29 against Air Force on Nov. 29, notching a career-high 12 points.
  • The Redhawks won their season opener for a second straight year, this time with an 84-72 victory over Portland on Nov. 25.
  • The win over Portland was the fourth straight for Seattle U. The teams have met during each of the past four years and are set to meet again later this season.
  • Riley Grigsby poured in a career-high 28 points in the season debut versus Portland. His performance over the first three games earned him WAC Player of the Week honors.
  • Freshman Kobe Williamson had an impressive collegiate debut with 10 points and nine boards against Portland. He is the first freshman to start a season opener since Morgan Means did so in 2016-17. Means finished with five points, three rebounds and three assists in that outing.

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