SEATTLE – Taking on their third NCAA Division I opponent in eight days, the Evergreen Geoducks fell to the Seattle Redhawks, 100-59, in an exhibition men’s basketball game on Saturday night at KeyArena in Seattle.
The Geoducks kept it tight with the Redhawks early in the first half as the two teams were tied at six with 15:21 to go but Seattle came out of the first media timeout on fire, going on a 21-0 run before Evergreen would hit another basket. SU continued to push the pace as the Redhawks would take a 49-26 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, the Redhawks continued to pull away but the Geoducks never stopped battling, improving their second half point production by seven points as Seattle earned the 100-59 win over Evergreen. It was the third straight year that the two squads met and the third straight win for SU.
Evergreen was led by 17 points off the bench from KJ Hong (Federal Way, Wash./Decatur HS/Shoreline CC). Kwame Awadjie (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS) added 10 points. The Geoduck starters struggled against the bigger SU team, combining for just 15 points as Evergreen shot 33.9% from the field, making 19-of-56 attempts in the former NBA arena.
Seattle was led by 19 points each from Isiah Umpig and Deshaun Sunderhaus. William Powell added 14 points while Shore Adenekan added 10 points. Former Washington Husky Clarence Trent was held to just four points in the counting game for SU. The Redhawks shot 43.5% from the field but dominated the glass, outrebounding Evergreen 68 to 28.
The Geoducks return back to NAIA competition on Nov. 24 when they play host to Cal Maritime. Tip with the Keelhaulers is set for 2 p.m. at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.