BERKLEY, CA – The Redhawks came up just short in their pursuit of an upset on Tuesday as they fell to the Golden Bears 70-65.
This was one of those games you look back on and beat yourself up about. The Redhawks were the better team for most of the game but couldn’t close it out. Seattle U led for the first 33 minutes of this game, but the final 7 minutes proved to be fatal.
The Bears took their first lead at the 7:17 mark in the second half on a three pointer by Ryan Betley. The Redhawks and Bears would trade baskets over the next four minutes with the lead changing four times. Joel Brown’s three at 3:32 would then spark a 10-0 run for Cal that they would ride to the eventual win.
“This was a really good college basketball game,” said coach Hayford. “It came right down to the last four minutes and you have to credit Joel Brown. His two threes were clutch and at the end of the shot clock after we played really good defense. He made the two winning plays that really were the difference in this game.”
During the 10-0 run, Seattle would miss five shots from the field of which four were 3’s. The Redhawks achilleas this season has been their shooting from behind the arc. They shot 21 percent from deep in this one and were only able to hit five for the game. This was the game in which it hurt them the most as they couldn’t get one in the moment, they needed it.
On the bright side, Seattle got another great outing from their backcourt. Riley Grigsby dropped 20 points on 7-15 shooting with five rebounds while Darrion Trammell scored 15 and dished out eight assists. Coach Hayford also highlighted the play of Emeka Udenyi. The big man picked up a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Any one of the above trio could have been a great choice for player of the game, but we went with Riley Grigsby. Playing at Cal has a lot of significance for Riley as his dad was a standout player for the Bears and even has his number in the rafters for them. Al, Riley’s father, said before the game that his son is a much better player than he was back in the day and he might have been right.
Riley has been the main offensive force for Seattle so far and today was no different. His play was one of the biggest reasons why the Redhawks led for most of this game and were in position to win it late in the second half.
Hear from @CoachHayford on today’s game, plus so much to be grateful for as the Redhawks head into the holiday break.
— Seattle U Men's Basketball (@seattleumbb) December 23, 2020
SU has a week off over the holiday break. They will next hit the hardwood in a matchup with the Portland Pilots on December 30th. Their first meeting was back on the 25th of November and was a 84-72 win for the Redhawks in Portland.
That game is scheduled for a 2:00 pm tipoff in Seattle and will be the final non-conference game of the year for the Redhawks. The game can be streamed live on the WAC Digital Network with Brandon Brown on the call and Doug Greenwald will also be calling the game on 770 KTTH AM and at Mynorthwest.com.
Russell is the Content Director for the Eli Network. He studied broadcast journalism at Eastern Oregon and North Dakota State University. Mostly covers soccer and basketball in the Seattle area and is the current play-by-play voice for Seattle Redhawks basketball. You can follow him @brussbrwn.