Men's Basketball Recap: Dec. 28
Seattle University 93, Grambling State 63
SEATTLE, WA. – Ivy Smith, Jr., scored 11 of his team-high 19 points in the first half, but it wasn’t enough as the Grambling State University men’s basketball team dropped a 93-63 decision to Seattle on Thursday night at the Connolly Complex.
Grambling State (4-9) trailed 13-9 just five minutes into the game, but Seattle (10-6) used a commanding 26-10 run over the final 13 minutes of the first half to take a 46-19 advantage into the break.
Smith tossed in 19 points, on 6-of-15 shooting and was 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. He also added six rebounds and two assists. DeVantae Jackson registered 11 points and three boards.
Josh Hearlihy paced Seattle with 21 points, four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Morgan Means finished with 14 points and four assists, while Aaron Menzies tallied a double-double of 13 points and 14 boards, along with two assists and one block. Matej Kavas registered 12 points and five rebounds.
Grambling State fell behind 12-4 after a 3-pointer by Matej Kavas with 17:19 remaining in the opening half, but the Tigers battled back and trimmed the margin to 13-9 after a 3-pointer by Ivy Smith with 15:52 left.
Seattle quickly answered with a 7-0 run, capped by a Josh Hearlihy trey to give the Redhawks a 20-9 advantage with 13:41 left. Seattle used a 26-10 run over the final 13 minutes to take a commanding 46-19 lead into the half.
Coming out of the break, Grambling State was able to cut the 27-point deficit to 17 (48-31) after an Anthony Gaston jumper with 16:41 remaining. However, the Redhawks answered and pushed the advantage back to 27 points (65-38) with 12 minutes left.
The Tigers could not recover from the big second-half deficit in suffering the loss.
--Grambling State Sports Information