Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Pacific Lutheran University men's basketball team played a rare Monday night contest, putting the team against Division I Seattle U. The Redhawks soared past the Lutes 99-69 in an exhibition game played inside the Connolly Complex.
PLU (3-4) made improvements against Seattle U (6-4) as the game went along. In the first half, the team shot a mere 26.9 percent from the field (seven-for-26). The Lutes raised their percentage 30 points in the second half, shooting 56 percent (14-for-25). The Lutes were strong from the free-throw line throughout the game, making 19 of 23 attempts.
"We got decent looks in the first half but I didn't think we shot the ball with any confidence," head coach Chad Murray said. "At half I just told them to keep executing and we'll get the same looks but in the second half they'll go down. For a large portion of the second half our guys were doing a great job executing and having fun playing for each other and working to get our TEAM great shots. They stepped up and knocked them down"
Leighton Kingma led the Lutes with 14 points, going three-for-four from three-point land. Zac Webb provided an offensive spark off the bench scoring 12 points. He was efficient, making five of his eight shot attempts. Webb added three rebounds, two assists, and a steal on the night.
Dylan DeWalt had a strong night, scoring nine points while dishing out three assists. Dylan Foreman scored six points and had three rebounds. Kelton Williams scored a career-high six points on the evening, cashing in on all four of his free-throw attempts.
PLU received excellent contributions from their bench. The non-starters scored 33 points, the most bench points of any game in the early 2017-2018 season. Ultimately, the size advantage the Redhawks had over the Lutes was too much. Seattle U outscored PLU in points in the pain 48-12.
"The final score was irrelevant tonight," Murray said. "We came in with the goal of taking a step forward as a program and I think we did that in terms of our trust in our system, in each other and the coaching staff. I'm really looking forward to an extended period of practices now so that we can re-evaluate some things and chart our course for the rest of the season."
The Lutes don't play another game until Dec. 16 when they face Portland Bible College. That game is on the road, and it starts at 7 p.m.