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Updated Monday, November 12, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Clarence Trent's big slam powers Redhawks to quick start

By Bob Condotta
Seattle Times staff reporter

There was, of course, a thunderous dunk, as there usually is when Clarence Trent is on the floor.

This one, coming early in Seattle University's 87-72 season-opening victory over Montana State in front of 2,750 at KeyArena on Sunday night, was so emphatic that the ball hit the floor and then bounced another 15 feet or so in the air.

"It's always fun (to dunk like that)," said Trent, a 6-foot-6 junior forward who began his career at Washington before transferring to Seattle University.

It was the rest of his game, though, that might have more impressed his coach, Cameron Dollar. Trent finished with a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes in winning MVP honors of the school's annual Elgin Baylor Classic Game — the Hall of Famer handed Trent the trophy after the game.

"This is what is coming," said Dollar. "And I expect him to keep coming. ... He is a well-rounded player and he is starting to now use that athleticism to show everybody all the facets of what he can do."

Trent was hardly alone in boosting the Redhawks to an easy victory over a Montana State team that is picked to finish seventh in the Big Sky Conference this year and was playing undermanned with two potential starters suspended.

Redshirt freshman forward Deshaun Sunderhaus scored seven of Seattle's first nine points and finished with 14 points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes while Chad Rasmussen scored 12 points on four three-pointers off the bench and Prince Obasi added 10 off the bench.

Dollar has sung the praises of the potential of Sunderhaus, a 6-9, 230-pounder who put on about 25 pounds while sitting out last season, and his play did little to dissuade the thought.

"He's only scratching the surface of what he can do," Dollar said.

He said the same of his team while noting there is lots of room for improvement. The 25 turnovers — while in part a reflection of a fast pace — were a few too many, he said, and the Redhawks also hit just 17 of 31 free throws.

Seattle U will quickly get what might be a better gauge of just where it stands, playing at Virginia on Saturday.

Trent, though, said the team is poised to start better this year than it did last season when it opened 3-12 before finishing 12-15.

"I feel like we have a lot of guys that are buying in earlier this year," he said. "Last year, it took us a little bit longer to put everything together but at the end you see we finished strong like we were supposed to start — it just took us a little while with a lot of new guys to put all the pieces together."

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or bcondotta@seattletimes.com.

MONTANA STATE (0-1) — F. Davis 4-13 3-6 12, Egwuonwu 5-11 3-3 13, Stewart 0-3 2-4 2, Biglow 7-17 0-2 15, Colbert 0-4 2-4 2, Brumwell 0-1 0-1 0, Dison 3-6 2-2 9, Robison 0-0 6-10 6, Norman 1-2 0-0 3, Coleman 4-9 1-2 10. Totals 24-66 19-34 72.

SEATTLE (1-0) — Sunderhaus 6-11 1-3 14, Trent 5-11 7-12 18, Green 0-0 1-2 1, Pickett 2-7 0-2 4, Carter 2-5 1-2 6, Obasi 3-9 3-4 10, Tate 2-6 3-4 7, Rasmussen 4-10 0-0 12, Crook 2-2 0-0 4, Trimble 1-2 1-2 3, Diop 1-2 0-0 2, Bidart 0-0 0-0 0, Flora 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 31-70 17-31 87.

Halftime — SU 39-24. Three-point goals — MSU 5-23 (Norman 1-2, Dison 1-3, F. Davis 1-4, Coleman 1-5, Biglow 1-5, Stewart 0-2, Colbert 0-2), SU 8-25 (Rasmussen 4-9, Obasi 1-1, Sunderhaus 1-1, Trent 1-4, Carter 1-4, Flora 0-1, Diop 0-1, Pickett 0-2, Tate 0-2). Fouled out — Crook, Green. Rebounds — MSU 42 (Egwuonwu 10), SU 51 (Trent 9). Assists — MSU 6 (Biglow 2), SU 19 (Tate 4). Total fouls — MSU 27, SU 27. Technicals — F. Davis, Diop. A — 2,750.


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