Seattle vs Portland State Preview

Mar 2, 2010, 7:04 PM | Updated: Apr 5, 2011, 9:30 am

Seattle U (15-14) @ Portland State (12-17, 7-9 Big Sky)

Key Arena (Seattle, WA)

Tuesday March 2, 2010 8:05 pm

RADIO: 710 ESPN Seattle INTERNET AUDIO: seattleufan.com

Series- SU- 6-5

Last Meeting- December 6, 2008- @ Portland State 73-68

Aaron Broussard punctuated a career high 21 points with desperation 3 from the top o f the arc to propel Seattle to an 80-77 victory over Portland State on Super Bowl Sunday. It was a back anf forth thriller which featured 14 ties and 10 lead changes. SU snapped a three game losing streak to the Vikings. They had not won in the series since Jan. 16 1979. Seattle and Portland State met twice last season. Portland State defeated SU 81-67 to capture 3rd place at the Great Alaska Shootout. They followed that triumph with a narrow win in Portland one week later.

Seattle Connections:

Mike Boxley’s older brother Seamus was one of the best players in Portland State history. Seamus earned Outstanding Freshman of the Big Sky, twice 1st team All-Conference, twice Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year and Big Sky Player of the Year in his decorated career.

First year Head Coach Tyler Gevin spent three seasons as an assistant coach for Joe Callero at Seattle University from 2001-04.

Scouting Portland State:

The Vikings are two time defending Big Sky Tournament champions. Last year the Vikings were bounced from the NCAA tournament by a strong Xavier team 77-59 and two years ago they were handed an 85-61 thumping at the hands of national power Kansas. The successful stint led to the departure of Ken Bone to Washington State University and the elevation of assistant Tyler Gevin to the top job. The Vikings have completed Big Sky competition this season and were able to fend off Eastern Washington for a sixth place finish. Only the top 6 teams advance to the Bid Sky conference tournament so the Vikings will travel to Montana State this weekend for a quarterfinal tournament game. The expectations were high for Portland State heading into the season, but their campaign has been uneven. Offense has not been the problem- the Vikings lead the Big Sky in scoring (79.0 points per game), field goal percentage (.480), three-point percentage (.375) and three-pointers made (8.7). Their starting five oozes with offensive talent and their fast pace plays to their talent. Defense has been an issue. Portland State yields an incredible 79.6 points per game. To make matter worse University of Washington transfer Phil Nelson broke his foot shortly before the first meeting with Seattle. He has been lost for the year. However, Portland State surged to the finish line by capturing big victories over Idaho State and conference leading Weber State.

The Ones to Watch:

Dominic Waters- 6’1 180 SR G- 19.4 ppg 2 rbd 5 assts

Waters is a tremendously gifted offensive player. The transfer from Hawaii leads the team in scoring and assists. He shoots nearly 50% from the field and nearly the same from 3. He is a true triple threat on offense. He can shoot the ball, use his athleticism to get to the rim or feed his teammates for open looks. He torched Seattle last year in two games for 38 combined points in two games while hitting 6 of 8 from 3. Garrett Lever did an outstanding job on Waters in the first meeting as he was held to 15 points. Foul trouble was a factor as well the first time around. Waters is averaging 28 points per game in his last 5.

Jamie Jones- 6’7 220 SR F- 14.4 ppg 7.9 rbds

Jones plays much bigger than his 6’7 would indicate. He long arms and athletic frame gives him a 6’10 feel when watching him play. He is outstanding finishing around the basket (59% field goal percentage) and has a knack for rebounding. He also leads the Big Sky in block shots (67). The Portland transfer has 8 double-doubles this season and nearly had two last year against Seattle (15 & 12 followed by 8 & 9). He had 18 & 9 vs SU earlier this year. He is a brutal matchup on both ends of the floor.
Keys to the Game:

1- Slow the Waters to a trickle- Waters is the engine to the Portland State offense. They can run wild when he is rolling.

2- Rebounding- SU has not won a game this year when they have not out-rebounded their opponents. Jamie Jones and Julius Thomas provide a monster challenge on the glass.

3- Defend the 3- Do not let Portland State get rolling from 3.

Seattle looks to clinch a winning season tonight. Tune in 15 minutes before tip on 710 ESPN Seattle and the live blog will be cooking at seattleufan.com.

Redhawk

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