Updated Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 12:46 AM
One week before Seattle University makes its Western Athletic Conference debut, coach Cameron Dollar watched what he hopes is a preview of things to come from his squad in a 72-49 win over Campbell.
"We're getting there," Dollar said with a laugh after the Redhawks used a big second half to erase a two-point halftime deficit and improve to 5-5 in front of 1,911 at KeyArena.
"We're maturing," he said. "We're growing up. I'm proud of how we've pushed forward and developed. Conference is another step up. You've got to be ready for it. But I like how we're coming together, for sure."
After an up-and-down first half, the Redhawks came together on offense and defense in the second half, sinking 13 of their first 20 shots after intermission and allowing just one field goal in the final 12 minutes of the game.
"We're meshing, which, obviously, is what you want to be doing at this time," Dollar said. "You can have a bad half and come back, get some stuff jump-started and meshing well again."
Junior guard D'Vonne Pickett Jr., a Rainier Beach grad, led a balanced Seattle offense with 16 points. Deshaun Sunderhaus and Clarence Trent each scored 12. Prince Obasi had 10 and Chad Rasmussen and Jarell Flora both finished with nine.
The Redhawks shot 55.6 percent from the field (15 of 27, including five three-pointers) in the second half and matched their second-best shooting percentage for a game: 48.1 (25 of 52).
"We found guys in the right spots, the ball started rotating, and we were able to knock down shots," Pickett said.
Dollar agreed. "Guys are flowing with each other," he said. "We just stayed with it. We played solid defense, got rebounds, got out and shared the ball with each other."
Seattle outscored the Fighting Camels 42-17 in the second half. The Redhawks led 29-22 with 4:46 to play in the first half after an Obasi three-pointer, but could manage only a free throw after that while committing four turnovers and allowing Campbell to pull ahead 32-30 at the half.
What pleased Dollar the most?
"Team effort," he said. "It was just good flow — the ball finding the open guy and not fighting ourselves. You just want to get to the point where offensively the ball is just finding the open guy."