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November 10, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Video: Seattle University coach Cameron Dollar after 88-78 defeat to Washington

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2827150768001″/] In the video (above), Seattle University coach Cameron Dollar lamented a lack of ball movement, poor transition defense and a free-throw disparity that played a large role in Washington’s 88-78 win. The Huskies converted 33 of 41 free throws while the Redhawks were 11 of 19 at the line.  


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November 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Guess the UW Score: Seattle University

Schedule alert: Pre-game live chat at 6 p.m.

It’s baaaaaack.

Your favorite game returns for a fifth season bigger and better than before (not really).

But the Guess the UW Score contest is retuning once again and giving you a chance to weigh in on the Washington men’s basketball games, make outrageous predictions and perhaps win a delicious hot dog and tasty beverage (on me) at a Alaska Airlines Arena.

Before we get started, let’s recap the topsy-turvy roller coaster ride that was the 2012-13 season.

We had five two-game winners (ProgressiveDawg, stockboi, bleeding purple and gold, justosu and dawgpound99).

However, the big winners were wayupwaydown and husky basketball 2009, who each won three games.

Contact me privately ( or Twitter) to claim your grand prizes. I’m working with the Seattle Times sales department and will try and get you guys some cool items. Perhaps an autograph picture from sports columnist Larry Stone.

Here’s a look back at the previous season-ending winners, including the number of wins during the season:

2013 – wayupwaydown and husky basketball 2009 (3)
2012 – justinholidaycanplay (3)
2011 – 80HourEnergy, scgotts, musca, mjlaw, wayupwaydown, UMontW and dawgpound99 (2)
2010 – GFRfan (3)

Alright new season. New winners. Let’s move on.


UT Martin (0-1) at Colorado (0-1), 3 p.m. ………………. Pac-12 Networks

Coppin State (0-1) at Oregon State (0-0), 5 p.m. ……………… Pac-12 Networks

Seattle University (0-1) at Washington (0-0), 7 p.m. ………… Pac-12 Networks

Picks: Colorado and Oregon State

Season tally: 8-2



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November 10, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Seattle University’s Cameron Dollar: “I’m expecting much better results”

Seattle University coach Cameron Dollar, left, will lean heavily on newcomer Isiah Umpig, right, this season. (Mark Harrison - Seattle Times)

Seattle University coach Cameron Dollar, left, will lean heavily on newcomer Isiah Umpig, right, this season. (Mark Harrison – Seattle Times)

Had a chance to attend Seattle University practice and spend a few minutes with coach Cameron Dollar last week. The former Washington Husky assistant has a quiet confidence about the Redhawks, who finished last in the WAC last season at 8-22.

There’s optimism on the Capitol Hill campus – SU was picked second in a preseason WAC coaches poll – largely because transfers Isiah Umipig and Emerson Murray comprise a new backcourt.

You can tell Dollar, a former UCLA point guard, has a deep admiration for his new guards when he says: “You usually have to rehab – for lack of a better word – some guys that transfer in. They’re not your typical transfers. And they brought a lot of culture with them to help us in some of the areas that we were lacking. I’ve really been excited about how they’ve been thus far. I think they both have the ability to be game-changers.

Dollar also talks about fifth-year senior Clarence Trent, the former Washington Husky, who’ll be a three-year starter with the Redhawks.

On Trent, Dollar said: “Of all the guys, including my new guys Emerson and Zeke, his heart for being a teammate is the biggest. It aint even close. That’s something that I’ve always appreciated and admired about him.”

Here’s the transcript of the interview with Dollar.

(How will Umipig and Murray change the team) “From a culture standpoint they’ve already have a tremendous impact with their leadership and their attitude. Both have high-level winning back grounds. Both are team-first guys. They have really brought that in with them even starting last year during practices and how they would be on the side during the games. They’re two of the most unselfish guys from a team standpoint. That’s especially unique having guys like that come in as transfers.

“You usually have to rehab – for lack of a better word – some guys that transfer in. They’re not your typical transfers. And they brought a lot of culture with them to help us in some of the areas that we were lacking. I’ve really been excited about how they’ve been thus far. I think they both have the ability to be game-changers.

“What it does though, is it’s a great add  to what we already have here. Guys have been here toiling kind of in the dirt sort of speak and been developing and getting better. Guys like (Jarell) Flora and Clarence and (D’Vonne) Pickett. It’s the most depth we’ve had – quality depth.  I’m excited about that.

“Both can shoot it with range. Obviously adding two guys to your team that can shoot it with range provides better spacing and they’re confident shooters. They’re going to score. Both are double-figure shooters. Both can pass. Both can penetrate. Obviously, not having thrown the ball up once yet you want to see how it all comes together, but from the practices and the work that they’ve done it looks very promising.”

 (I can only imagine those two on the scout team last season.) “Pretty good scout team.”

 (Last season, you guys struggled to score points and averaged just 65.6 scoring per game. Can they help improve the offense?) “They’re not going to average 20, but they’re both capable of getting over 20 points in a game. That’s definitely going to help. And then what happens too is when you add guys that are capable of scoring and making plays for others, those other guys make more plays and they get more done. It just opens up everything that you try to do.”

 (Did you feel a need to tinker with the offense in the offseason?) “Yes. Specifically turning the ball over and just shooting a higher percentage. We needed more shooters and we needed to handle the ball better. You get more shooters by the guys being here and getting better at shooting and adding guys that can shoot. Obviously, we added both of those guys and the shooting is going to be better. The second part of turnovers is probably more coaching and player personnel. Putting them in the right spots and tightening guys up that may not need to be making decisions with the ball and putting them in different areas. So given all that, we addressed both of those areas so I’m expecting much better results all across the board.”

“And then part of it too is growing out of that. Sometimes with the younger guys, Deshaun Sunderhaus for example, he’s going to be way better at making decisions and handling the ball than he was last year. His turnovers (23) are going to go down. But there again, adding two guys who can really play on the perimeter, all of a sudden he’s getting easier shots to where he doesn’t have to force it like he did.”


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November 9, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Scouting report: Seattle University

Clarence Trent, right, will be asked to lead Seattle University. (Eric Badeau -

Clarence Trent, right, will be asked to lead Seattle University. (Eric Badeau –

Scouting report: Seattle University
Game info: 7 p.m. Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity).

TV: Pac-12 Networks (Kevin Calabro and Ernie Kent).
Radio: 950-AM KJR (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton) and 770 AM KTTH (Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr.)

Last season’s record: 8-22, 3-15 Western Athletic Conference.
Stats/schedule: Click here.

Game notes: Seattle University.

Coach: Cameron Dollar, who enters his fifth season, has a 40-49 record with the Redhawks. Before taking over at Seattle U in 2009, he spent the previous seven season as a Washington assistant under coach Lorenzo Romar. He also served three years on Romar’s staff at Saint Louis (1999-2002). After a respected playing career at UCLA, which included a 1995 NCAA championship, Dollar became the head coach at Vanguard University, a NAIA Division II school in 1998.

Prediction: The Redhawks were picked to finish second in the nine-team WAC in a preseason coaches poll. SU was fifth in the media poll.

Series: Washington 24-4 in a series that began in 1953. The Huskies have one the past eight games. Seattle U’s last win was in 1979.

Last meeting: Washington won 87-74 in front of 6,137 at KeyArena on Dec. 13, 2012. Seattle U held C.J. Wilcox to 12 points – seven shy of his average at the time. However, Scott Suggs torched the Redhawks for a career-high 24 points. Every UW starter scored in double figures. The Huskies had no trouble with SU’s full-court press and led 49-27 at halftime.


— Fifth-year senior Clarence Trent was a member of Washington’s four-man recruiting class in 2009 that included Abdul Gaddy, Charles Garcia and Wilcox. Trent averaged 1.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 23 games during the 2009-10 season. He sat out in 2010-11 after transferring to SU.

During his first season at SU, Trent averaged 9.4 points and 4.4 rebounds as a sophomore in 2011-12. Last season he averaged a team-high 9.8 points and 5.8 rebounds, which was second among the Redhawks.His career scoring high is 22 points.

In two games against Washington, Trent had 12 points last season and nine as a sophomore.

Trent  was voted second team all-preseason WAC by the coaches.

Isiah Umipig, a 6-0 and 195 pound junior point guard, sat out last season after transferring from Cal State Fullerton. He had two very productive seasons with the Titans and many project he’ll be one of the top players in the WAC.

During the 2011-12 season, Umipig averaged 13.5 points, which was third on the team. He shot 43.3 percent from the field, 39.2 on three-pointers and 86.7 on free throws. He grabbed 2.7 rebounds, passed for 2.3 assists and played 33.6 per game. He was voted honorable mention all-Big West.

As a freshman, Umipig won the conference’s sixth man of the year award after averaging 7.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

His decision to leave the Titans is clouded in controversy. He reportedly was part of a “locker room uprising” before the Postseason Tournament (CIT), according to a USA Today story published March, 28, 2012.

However when asked last week why things didn’t work out at Fullerton, Umipig said: “I wouldn’t say it didn’t work. They had me playing the two and I really wanted to play the point guard position. That’s what I was used to playing in high school. I also wanted to come closer to my family so they could watch me play last couple years of school. And I always wanted to play for Coach Dollar. Just the opportunity came and I jumped on it.”

SeattleUBBall_mh75756Emerson Murray saw very little action during his two seasons at California. As a reserve, he averaged just 1.7 points and 6.6 minutes on the 2012 team that advanced to the NCAA tournament. After the season, he transferred to Seattle U. Murray is believed to be a fine shooter, but he converted just 9 of 28 three-pointers as a sophomore.

Here’s a quick Q&A with Emerson.

(Why are you here?) “Growing up – I’m from (Vancouver, Candada) – and wanted to play for Washington. I went to a couple of U-Dub team camps in the ninth and 10th grade. I met Coach Dollar there. Then obviously my situation didn’t work out at my first university and I had the opportunity to come here and be closer to my family. Just what coach Dollar had to say and his belief in what he had and I had. It worked out perfectly.

(Why didn’t things work at California?) “I just wasn’t given the opportunity to that I had hoped to get in order to do what I want to do with my future. I love the place, but I didn’t see myself as far as I wanted to in the situation I was

(On playing with Umipig) “It balances out. He handles the ball probably a little bit more than I do on the  court, but he gives me opportunities to score and I give him opportunities to score. If he has it going that night, we’re going to give him the ball. If I have it going we’re going to give them the ball. If somebody else has it going like Juice (Jarell Flora), CT or anybody that has it going. We’re not designating one person to score. We’re a team here. We’re going to see what we got and get through it together.”

(On SU being a place for second-chance ballers) “It’s definitely such a great opportunity to be here. Dollar certainly believes in each of his players. In college basketball you don’t get that a lot. It’s not that he cares just about basketball, which is the most important thing, but he cares about you as a human being who helps you mature and grow. For me I wouldn’t even say it was a second-chance. I was just more mature and had the opportunity to take that chance again to weigh all of my options and figure out what was important. Coming out of high school, you look at all of the prestige. But going through it and having him tell you your goals are still in line


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December 13, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Seattle University live game thread

IT’S OVER — Washington wins 87-74. Suggs scores a game-high 24 points on 7-for-11 shooting.

SCARY MOMENT — Stewart goes down and it looks as if he turned his ankle. He was helped off the floor. Freshman Quinn Sterling is in. UW 85-68, 1:45.

ALMOST OVER — Fans wearing red and purple are heading for the exits. If the press doesn’t work, the Redhawks are trapping to get the ball out of Gaddy’s hands. That’s not working very well. UW 83-63, 3:58.

CRAMPING — Suggs is out of the game. It’s believed he’s cramping. He has a career-high 20 points. UW 74-55, 8:12.

FLAGRANT — Sunderhaus picked up a flagrant foul when he fouled Wilcox on a fastbreak. Wilcox made 1 of 2. UW 72-54, 9:58.

CONFIDENT — Stewart is playing with more confidence than ever before. Maybe it’s the sight of a familiar opponent. Whatever the reason, he’s not being gun shy. He’s converted all three of his shots for a career-high six points. UW 64-47, 11:51.

GREAT PLAYS — Simmons made a steal while falling out of bounds. Seconds later, he scored on a layup despite being fouled. He made the ensuing free throw to convert the three-point play. UW 62-41, 13:26.

FOUL TROUBLE — Trent has four fouls. He’s been out for awhile. UW 52-38, 15:42.

HALFTIME ADJUSTMENT — The Redhawks made an adjustment in how they’re pressing. In the first half, UW beat it by bouncing a pass to the man in the middle and he dribbled up for an easy basket. SU is forcing UW to make a cross-court pass. The Redhawks are also being very aggressive. They have three fouls already. UW 51-38, 16:36.

WHAT JUST HAPPENED? — We have a game again. SU’s press is starting to pay dividends. The Huskies have committed two turnovers that have led to baskets. SU has also scored on every possession this half. UW 51-38, 17:38.

SECOND HALF — Same starters for both teams.

HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Great half for Washington. Not the best of the season, but pretty darn close. It scored 49 points against Seton Hall. The Huskies had no problems with SU’s full-court press that didn’t forced just one turnover by my unofficial count. UW has four TOs, but three were committed in the half court. When SU pressed, it led to many easy baskets for UW. Especially for N’Diaye who has a game-high 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting. He also has five rebounds.

Suggs has 10 points and Wilcox and Simmons each have seven. Simmons also has seven rebounds.

Not sure if the Huskies are playing great defense or the Redhawks are inept offensively. SU is shooting 35.5 percent from the field (11 of 31) and 3 of 9 on three-pointers. SU has also made just 2 of 12 free throws when no one is guarding them. And the Redhawks have committed nine turnovers.

Meanwhile, UW is 18 of 28 (64.3 percent) from the field, 2 of 3 on three-pointers and 11 of 12 (91.7 percent) at the line.

HALFTIME STATS — Click here.


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