Jan. 21, 2006
SEATTLE - The NCAA Division II West Region No. 7-ranked squad from Seattle University overcame a hot shooting night from Saint Martin's to take the Great Northwest Athletic Conference win at the Connolly Center on Saturday, 83-77.
Despite Seattle (10-6, 3-4 GNAC) shooting just 36.4 percent in the first half and the Saints (5-11, 0-7 GNAC) shooting 57.4 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from 3-point range, the Redhawk defense forced 16 turnovers while Seattle turned the ball over just eight times to make up the difference.
Seattle scored 17 points off of turnovers to Saint Martin's eight, which makes up the difference in the game.
Despite a cold-shooting night from Seattle's top scorer Bernard Seals, the Redhawks were able to look elsewhere for scoring to pick up the win. Sean Namanny came off the bench for 21 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range while Jeffrey McDaniel scored 12 points -- all in the final 7:38 of the game -- to go along with six rebounds. Seals finished the night with 11 points while connecting on just 4-of-16 from the field.
For Saint Martin's, freshman Jake Linton scored 23 points while shooting 9-of-13 from the field and 5-of-7 from long range. Brendan Campbell and Stephon Harris each contributed 18 points. The Saint's leading scorer Niko Nunogawa was held to just nine points and six rebounds.
Seattle trailed for much of the first half as Saint Martin's jumped out to an early 14-8 lead. The Redhawks took their first lead of the game midway through the first half on an alley-oop from Namanny to Moore, but they never led by more than three points in the half and Saint Martin's walked into the locker room with a one-point lead at 31-30.
The Redhawks came out of the locker room with more intensity on defense but couldn't extend the lead to more than three until 8:29 left in the game. Already up three, Shaun Burl went to the free-throw line for two free throws. After making the first, he missed the second, but Ryan Coldren tipped the rebounds out to Burl, who found Namanny ready for a 3-pointer to make the score 58-51.
But Saint Martin's wouldn't go away and actually cut the lead to one again, but Seattle was able to extend its lead up to nine and hold on for the win.
Seattle hits the road next week to Idaho to take on Northwest Nazarene on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Sean Namanny led all players in scoring with 22 points against Saint Martin's