After nearly a month off, the Redhawks (7-6, 0-1 WAC) will be back in action as they travel to Utah to take on WAC newcomers Dixie State (5-8, 1-5 WAC). The back-to-backs will take place on Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6 with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. Pacific on both dates.
It’s Been A Minute
Seattle U has not been on the hardwood since Jan. 15 when they came up short in overtime to Utah Valley. That crushing 93-92 result was the first game on the WAC slate for the Redhawks and has been a loss the team has not had the opportunity to get over due to the unplanned break.
Hours before the rematch between the Wolverines and ‘Hawks, it was announced that SU had a COVID protocol situation that would have to cancel the game. Unfortunately, the ongoing protocols meant that their next two games, at Tarleton State, would also have to be cancelled. Leaving the team with a 20-day gap between their last game and next matchup with the Trailblazers.
Two is Better Than One
Riley Grigsby was expected to step up this season with so many departures from last seasons team. The junior is currently leading the WAC in scoring at 18.7 ppg and is shooting an impressive 47 percent from the field. What wasn’t known as much is whether or not one of the transfers would be able to step up and be a running partner with Grigsby.
Darrion Trammell has answered that with authority.
Trammell, who was apart of a trio of transfers from City College of San Francisco, has been lights out for the Redhawks this season. He is the second leading scorer in the conference, behind Grigsby, at 18.2 ppg. What might be even more impressive than his scoring, is his ability to get his teammates involved in the game. He is averaging six assists a game which ranks him towards the top in the nation.
Know Thy Opponent
The Trailblazers are having a rough time in their first season competing in DI. They come into these two games with a record of 5-8, but are 1-5 inside of WAC play. They were swept by UTRGV and GCU in back-to-back weekends before splitting the series with California Baptists.
Dixie State is led by three players who are currently averaging double digits. Cameron Gooden, Hunter Schofield and Frank Staine combine for 37 points a night and will be the three the Redhawks will have to keep an eye on. Jacob Nicolds will can also be a sneaky threat, coming in at just under ten a game.
For Your Viewing Pleasure
Friday and Saturdays games will be broadcast live on the WAC Digital Network. If auditory input tickles your senses, the game will be over the airwaves through 770 KTTH AM (Mynorthwest.com) with Doug Greenwald on the call. Both games are scheduled for a 6 p.m. Pacific tip-off down in St George, Utah.
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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.