Seattle U at California Baptist: Game Preview

Russell Brown

The Redhawks (10-9, 3-4 WAC) hit the road to take on the CBU Lancers (12-8, 5-5 WAC) in the final regular season matchup before the conference tournament in Las Vegas. The two game series is set for this Friday and Saturday with both games scheduled for a 6 p.m. tipoff in Riverside, CA.

Redhawk Report:

After a weekend off, Seattle U was back in action last weekend when they played host to the conference’s leading team in Grand Canyon. The Redhawks and Lopes played to a series split and both games ended up being defensive battles.

Darrion Trammell had a rough couple of nights from the field but still was able to contribute from the charity stripe. He shot 3-13 from the field the first night but ended with a team high 17 in the win. The next night was slightly better at 7-18 with a game high 28. Trammell was 21-22 from the free throw line in those games and proved that he is willing to help in anyway he can.

The other half of the Redhawk dynamic duo, Riley Grigsby, also had an up and down weekend. In the win on Friday, Grigsby scored 13 on 6-16 shooting while adding four rebounds and two blocks. Night two saw him drop 28 on 50 percent shooting while again grabbing four rebounds and this time added two steals.

Seattle will need their one-two punch to play at their best this weekend in order to pick up a couple of wins and improve their seeding in the WAC Tournament.

Know Thy Opponent:

The Lancers are currently sitting in the 3rd spot in the WAC Standings at 5-5. In their last matchup, a non-conference game, CBU played host to Vanguard and took care of business with a 13-point win. Before that, they also played the Lopes and split their back-to-back matchup.

California Baptist does not have a lack of options on the offensive attack. Ty Rowell (16.0), Reed Nottage (15.1), Gorjok Gak (13.0), Tre Armstrong (10.9) and Elijah Thomas (10.2) all average above 10-points per game. Gak, a 6-11 center from Australia, also averages 10.2 rebounds per game while shooting better than 62 percent from the field.

The Lancers are led by head coach Rick Croy who is now in his 7th season with CBU. In his time on the job, Croy has turned the Lancers into a major player in the WAC and has a 169-54 record in his tenure. They also have created quite the homecourt advantage, posting a 102-19 mark at home.

The Series:

Not a lot to report here, as these two teams have only met 4 times prior to this weekend’s matchups. In the last meeting back on Feb. 29, 2020 the Lancers were able to get the slim overtime win over the Redhawks 88-87. Terrell Brown and Morgan Means combined for 55 points while Riley Grigsby added 14. Dejon Davis (31 pts, 15 reb) and Milan Acquaah (27 pts, 7 ast) were the big contributors for CBU.

The Lancers currently lead the series 3-1, but the Redhawks lone win did come on the road.

For Your Viewing Pleasure:

The games are both scheduled for a 6 p.m. tipoff in Riverside on Friday and Saturday. ESPN+ will be the spot to stream both of the games, while 770 KTTH will be the radio home with Doug Greenwald again on the call.

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SmackDown: March 5, 2021 Russell BrownRussell 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.