THREE IN FOUR DAYS: Coming off of a pair of defeats at the Doug McArthur Classic hosted by the University of Puget Sound, the Pacific Lutheran men's basketball team has three games in four days sandwiched around Thanksgiving. The Lutes travel to the Emerald City on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game against NCAA Division I foe Seattle University. The game will be played on Elgin Baylor Court at Key Arena. Pacific Lutheran then hosts the PLU Thanksgiving Classic on Friday and Saturday. Joining PLU in the field are Puget Sound, Evergreen State and Eastern Oregon.
ABOUT SEATTLE U.: The Redhawks come into Wednesday's game with a 1-1 record following a season-opening 87-72 win over Montana State at Key Arena, followed by an 83-43 loss at Virginia last Saturday. Deshaun Sunderhaus, a 6-foot 9-inch freshman forward from Georgia, leads the Redhawks in scoring with 11.5 points per game and in rebounding with an average of 7.0 per contest. Chad Rasmussen, a 6-foot 7-inch senior forward, and Clarence Trent, a 6-foot 6-inch junior forward, both average 10.0 points per game, and Trent grabs an average of 6.5 rebounds through the two Seattle U contests. The Redhawks are shooting just 36 percent from the field, 29 percent from three-point range and 56 percent from the foul line.
WATCH AND LISTEN LIVE: Seattle U will provide a video stream (http://www.goseattleu.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml?SPID=10773&db_oem_id=18200) and the game will also be broadcast on 770 AM KTTH The Truth with Seattle U's team of Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr. calling the action. Live stats are also available at www.GoSeattleU.com.
RECENT RESULTS: Pacific Lutheran has been Seattle U's season-opening exhibition opponent each of the last three seasons and the Redhawks have won all three, including a 101-53 decision last season at Key Arena. In the all-time series (not counting exhibitions), PLU has a 34-24 advantage over Seattle U. The series started with three Pacific Lutheran College wins during the 1938-39 season. Games between the programs continued through the late 1950s, but the 60s and 70s passed without the teams meeting on the hardwood. The series resumed during the 1981-82 season, and the most recent matchup came during the 2002-03 season with Seattle U. beating PLU 77-65. That win by Seattle U ended a string of eight straight PLU wins, the longest streak by either team in the series.
PLU THANKSGIVING CLASSIC: Four games will be played at Olson Auditorium's Names Family Court when the Lutes host the PLU Thanksgiving Classic. On Friday, Puget Sound (1-1) plays Eastern Oregon (10-0) at 6 p.m., followed by PLU (0-2) hosting Evergreen State (0-3) at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Puget Sound meets Evergreen State at 4 p.m., with PLU and Eastern Oregon battling at 6 p.m. Only Eastern Oregon - which replaces Wisconsin-River Falls - did not participate in the 2011 PLU Thanksgiving Classic. Puget Sound finished with a 2-0 record, UWRF and Evergreen were both 1-1, and PLU was 0-2.
LIVE STATS ONLY: Live stats will be provided for all four PLU Thanksgiving Classic games at http://www.golutes.com/fanzone/livestats.
THINNING RANKS: PLU is just two games into the season but already three players have been sidelined by significant injuries. Junior guard/wing Arvid Isaksen has a knee injury and might face surgery, redshirt freshman Cole Parker continues to deal with the same kind of back issues that cost him the 2011-12 season, and freshman guard Erik Swartout is out with a broken thumb. It's a good thing that head coach Steve Dickerson has 15 players remaining on his roster.
TEXAS-DALLAS 66, PLU 58: Texas-Dallas shot 67 percent in the second half to rally from a 10-point halftime deficit and beat PLU, 66-58, last Friday at the Doug McArthur Classic hosted by the University of Puget Sound. PLU limited the Comets to 29 percent shooting in the first half in building up a 28-18 lead at the intermission, but the visitors from Texas shot lights out in the final 20 minutes. They were 12-for-18 from the field, including 5-for-8 from beyond the three point arc, in rallying for the win. Carter Nash led the winners with 27 points, including a 15-for-16 effort at the foul line. Junior wing Kai Hoyt paced Pacific Lutheran with 14 points, six rebounds and four steals, and Drew Earnest added 10 points, including 2-for-5 from long range.
NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 80, PLU 72: In PLU's second game at last weekend's Doug McArthur Classic, Drew Wiley scored 28 points to lead New Hope Christian to an 80-72 win. Wiley was 5-for-8 from beyond the three-point line to help New Hope to 10-for-20 accuracy as a team from distance. Overall, the Deacons shot 59 percent from the field and 84 percent from the foul line. Cameron Schilling and Drew Earnest both scored 18 points and Kai Hoyt added 10 to lead Pacific Lutheran scoring. PLU shot 46 percent from the field (25-for-54) and 50 percent from three-point range (13-for-26), but lost the rebound battle, 31-22.
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