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Seattle University crushes Evergreen State at Kent's ShoWare Center | Slide Show
The Redhawks (2-2) led by 27 at halftime and cruised to a 77-54 victory over Evergreen State College in the first NCAA Division I game at the arena in front of an announced crowd of 1,025.
Clarence Trent, a University of Washington transfer, led the Redhawks with 15 points on 7 of 12 shooting from the field and had nine rebounds. Allen Tate added 12 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Reserve Louis Green scored 12 points, hitting 5 of 7 shots from the field, and grabbed six rebounds.
A 3-pointer and a layup by Tate in the first four minutes gave Seattle an early 9-2 lead. The Redhawks followed with nine unanswered points later in the half, seven of them scored by Trent. After a jumper by Evergreen State's Patrick Lewis, Seattle outscored the Geoducks 19-4 in the last 11 minutes of the half.
In the opening half, Evergreen State shot 5 of 35 (14.3 percent) from the field, including an 0-of-15 performance from behind the 3-point line.
Evergreen State (1-7) outscored Seattle 42-38 in the second half. Back-to-back three-pointers by Lewis and Travis Wagner, along with a traditional three-point play from Lewis, cut the Redhawk lead to 19 at 44-25.
"Evergreen did a good job in the second half of continuing to fight and scrap, but we did a good job of contesting their shots," Seattle coach Cameron Dollar said in a media release. "We did not commit as many turnovers in the second half as we did in the first, and we rebounded, which is always good."
Tolliver led the Geoducks with 18 points. He added five rebounds, two assists and blocked two shots. Lewis contributed 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Julian Holliday scored 10 points off the bench.
Seattle's Eric Wallace struggled from the floor, hitting only 4 of 12 shots from the field, but he did grab a game-high 11 rebounds. Aaron Broussard, a former Federal Way High star, shot only 3 of 10 from the field, but was 4 of 4 from the free-throw line to reach double figures for the fourth time this season with 10 points.
The Redhawks shot 43.5 percent from the field, including 4 of 12 on 3-pointers, and shot 76.5 percent (13 of 17) on free throws. Seattle won the rebounding battle, 59-36, but were able to force only nine turnovers by the Geoducks while committing 14 turnovers.
Seattle agreed to play one game this season at the ShoWare Center in an effort to reach out to fans in South King County and Pierce County. The Redhawks play home games at KeyArena in Seattle.