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Updated Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 02:01 AM

Jackson State beats Redhawks for first win, 91-82

By Joshua Mayers
Seattle Times staff reporter

There were plenty of head-shaking stats from Seattle University's men's basketball loss to previous winless Jackson State on Monday.

One jumped off the page: 28 Seattle turnovers.

The giveaways were a season worst for the Redhawks, who were trying to rebound from a disappointing loss to Washington last week. Instead, they trailed the final 17 minutes of a 91-82 defeat before a season-low crowd of 1,907 at KeyArena.

In a woeful second half, Seattle made only 5 of 12 free throws, including five straight misses.

"The wheels fell off, and we never able to get it back going," said Redhawks coach Cameron Dollar, whose team has lost four of its last five.

"We had a couple times where we looked like we were going to be able to get back in it and get something going, but then they hit a big three or got a big free throw. We just couldn't plug enough holes to get it done."

The Redhawks (3-5) got a team-high 20 points off the bench from Sterling Carter, and a late comeback effort trimmed a double-digit deficit to 77-75 with 4:16 to go.

But Jackson State (1-8), led by the career-high 32 points of sophomore standout Kelsey Howard, scored the next six points and led comfortably the rest of the way.

Carter checked in for the first time at the 12:25 mark in the second half. Dollar said the decision wasn't disciplinary in nature.

"We've got a lot of guys that play," the coach said. "He did a good job in the minutes that he was given."

Carter shot 7 of 8 from the field, including 6 of 7 behind the three-point arc, and his lone miss appeared to go halfway down before rimming out. He was the only Redhawk who didn't commit a turnover.

"I just had the mindset of, 'Be ready when you're called and cheer your teammates on while it's not your turn,' " said Carter, from Franklin High School.

Howard, whose previous career best was 27, shot 12 of 19 from the field and was 6 of 10 on three-point attempts for the Tigers from Jackson, Miss. Jackson State, which led by as many 12, also got 23 points from junior guard Dundrecous Nelson.

Did the Redhawks believe there was a letdown after last week's much-anticipated clash with the Huskies?

"No, I think everybody was looking forward to it," said guard D'Vonne Pickett, Jr. "We had a sour taste in our mouth after the Washington showing, so everyone was kind of looking forward to the next opportunity."

Did they overlook a previously 0-8 opponent?

"I doubt it," Dollar said. "I don't think we're overlooking anybody. ... We just didn't play good in the second half."

The Redhawks had a season-best 24 offensive rebounds and got 11 points apiece from freshman guard Luiz Bidart, who came in averaging 1.5, and senior forward Chad Rasmussen. Junior forward Deshaun Sunderhaus had a game-high 14 rebounds.

Seattle U continues a four-game homestand Wednesday against Northern Illinois and hosts Campbell on Saturday, leading into the start of Western Athletic Conference play next week.

Dollar knows what he wants to see in the team's next two nonconference games.

"We've got to put together a 40-minute game," he said.

NOTES

• A moment of silence was observed before the game in memory of the victims of last week's shooting in Newtown, Conn.

• Jackson State, a member of Southwestern Athletic Conference, wrapped up a four-game swing on the West Coast. Coming into the week, SWAC teams were 9-88 against the WAC since 1980.

Joshua Mayers: 206-464-3184 or jmayers@seattletimes.com

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Northern Illinois @ Seattle, 7 p.m.


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