SEATTLE, WA – In an instant classic, the Wolverines were able to pull out the overtime win over the Redhawks on Friday. The two teams were set to play again on Saturday, but a COVID-19 protocol cancelled the rematch.
Game 1: OT Thriller
It was predicted to be close when these two teams met up on Friday. Seattle was coming off a stretch four wins in their previous five, while the Wolverines just came off back-to-back wins over CBU in WAC conference play. However, the game that unfolded was far beyond anyone’s expectations.
Both teams started the game by shooting the lights out. Midway through the first half, SU was shooting just north of 50 percent while UVU was up around 60. Despite the great percentages from both sides, it was Seattle who was able to jump out to a 12-point lead with nine minutes to go in the half. The Wolverines clawed their way back and even took a lead at one point, but a Darrion Trammell three at the end of the half sent the Redhawks into the locker room with a four-point advantage.
The Redhawks led for a majority of the second half, but foul trouble started to catch up to them when Trammell fouled out with just under 4-minutes to play. Trammell had 26-points to that point and was the leading scorer for SU on the night. The Wolverines capitalized by taking their first lead of the night. Seattle would eventually get the score back in their favor after a Vas Pandža three that gave them an advantage of four. But back-to-back buckets by UVU and a 2-minute scoring drought for the Redhawks meant we got overtime basketball.
Seattle had a one-point lead with two and a half minutes to go in the overtime period after Riley Grigsby made a free-throw. Unfortunately, he fouled out a minute later and Seattle was now down their top two scorers. Pandža and Jared Pearre had a chance to ice the game at the free-throw line in their teammate’s absence late, Pandža went 2-2 at the line giving SU the 1-point lead. When it was Pearre’s turn, the big man stepped to the line and knocked down his first but missed the second meaning Seattle only had a 2-point advantage with 13 seconds remaining.
Trey Woodbury, who was looking for redemption after picking up a technical earlier in the game for UVU, snagged the rebound and sprinted up the court. After a brilliant play design, Woodbury got the ball back at the top of the arch and buried the three to give the Wolverines the lead with just 5-seconds remaining. Aaron Nettles quickly took the inbounds and hoisted up a 3, but it was far to the left and Utah Valley was able to snag the victory late.
The loss was a disappointing one for SU, especially considering it was the first of the conference season and the fact that they played well enough to win. The great thing about the season set up though, was that the Redhawks would have their chance at redemption the very next night as the two teams completed the conference back-to-back. Or so we thought.
Game 2: Cancelled
Roughly three and a half hours before the scheduled tip-off of game 2 on Saturday, it was announced that the rematch had been cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols and that there was not currently a plan to make up the cancelled game.
This was new territory for the Redhawks who had somehow slipped under the radar of the rampant cancellations that were plaguing college basketball. In fact, Seattle was towards the top of games played in the nation coming into this weekend because of that fact.
The Redhawks now have to wait a week in order to bounce back from their OT loss as they are next scheduled to play Tarleton State on the 22nd and 23rd in Texas. Both of those games are scheduled for a 5:00pm local tip and can be streamed on the Tarleton All-Access and through the airwaves on 770 KTTH.
This will be the first meeting between Seattle and WAC newcomer Tarleton State. In their first season in Division I, the Texans currently have a 2-6 record and are sitting at 0-4 in conference play.
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.