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December 1, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Jarell Flora, Isiah Umipig push Seattle U to 72-33 win over Pacific Lutheran

KENT ­– Jarell Flora and Isiah Umipig removed any suspense from Seattle University’s ShoWare College Classic showdown against Pacific Lutheran early with their superior marksmanship from the perimeter.

The senior guards combined for seven three-pointers in the first half, their sharp shooting staking the SU men’s basketball team to a 22-point halftime lead that continued to grow after the break.

The Redhawks led by as many as 41 points while cruising to a 72-33 win over their Division III opponent in front of a crowd of 554 at the ShoWare Center.

It was a lopsided win for the Redhawks (3-3) and a chance for the players to regain some confidence after starting the season 1-3, which included losses to Washington and Montana.

Flora and many of the starters didn’t play the final 10 minutes. The senior guard finished with a team-high 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Umipig added 11 points.

Jack Crook, a 6-11 junior who finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, had his way inside against Pacific’s 6-9 center Garth West. Crook connected on 5 of 7 shots, including a two-hand putback dunk late in the first half that nearly pulled down the basket.

But Flora got things started with two 3’s during an 8-2 run that pushed SU’s lead from 10-7 to 18-9.
The Lutes had difficulty solving the Redhawks’ 1-2-2 zone and shot 28.6 percent (8 for 28) in the first half.

The second half was more of the same as Seattle U dominated both ends of the floor. The Redhawks shot 45.5 percent and held PLU to 23.1 percent shooting. The blowout allowed SU coach Cameron Dollar to empty his bench and everyone made an appearance except junior forward Deshaun Sunderhaus, who is recovering from knee surgery.

For Pacific Lutheran, Austen Wilson finished with a team-high six points. The Lutes (1-4) were without junior forward Bryce Miller, who sat out because of a stomach flu.

Seattle U travels out of state for the first time this season for Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. matchup against UC Santa Barbara (3-3) from the Big West conference.

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