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Originally published Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 10:34 PM

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Seattle U falters in 2nd half of defeat

Seattle U blew a nine-point second-half lead in an 86-83 loss at KeyArena on Saturday

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Texas State teammates Reid Koenen and Joel Wright started celebrating with 10.7 seconds left in their game against Seattle University.

The pair was part of a 20-6 second-half run that erased Seattle U's nine-point lead in an 86-83 win at KeyArena on Saturday. It's Texas State's third consecutive victory, all on the road. Meanwhile SU's issues continued for a third consecutive outing.

"We have to have confidence when we play," Redhawks forward Clarence Trent said.

SU coach Cameron Dollar elaborated, saying the confidence is in the details — not making a heroic play. Instead SU played like a scout squad, watching Koenen, who scored 24, make deep three-pointers while Wright dunked, made a steal and blocked a shot in consecutive possessions during the run.

After the 20-6 run, Trent hit a three-pointer to revive his team with 58 seconds left, making the deficit 82-80. But with Seattle U needing to foul, the Bobcats made all four of their free throws in the final minute.

In fact, it was remarkable the Redhawks were never down by more than five points considering it went to the free throw line a season-low five times — none in the opening half. That stat is more mind-boggling considering SU outscored Texas State 44-18 in the paint.

Deshaun Sunderhaus, a Redhawks freshman, was the main dominant player inside, dunking his way to 17 points and 12 rebounds. Trent also had 17 points.

"That's highly irregular," Dollar said of the free-throw discrepancy. TSU was 16 of 23 from the foul line. "When you're an independent and you work your way up the ranks, sometimes you're viewed differently. You're not viewed as a legitimate Division I team yet, and maybe that's why that type of stuff happens."

The Redhawks closed the half on a 9-2 run for a 42-35 lead at the break.

Both teams are trying to avoid being the Western Athletic Conference's worst team. The Bobcats (7-14, 3-6 WAC) found their turnaround on the road while the Redhawks (6-13, 1-8) continue to struggle.

Seattle U continues its four-game homestand against San Jose State (9-11, 3-6) on Thursday.

"When you look back at the breakdowns, they're not superhuman, highly talented reasons why you broke down," Dollar said. "Transition D, a missed box out here, maybe not a screen or being strong with the ball — it's the details that catch you."


• Former Rainier Beach High star Corey Stern, a Texas State junior forward, finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes.

TEXAS ST. (7-14) — Stern 4-10 2-6 10, Staff 3-8 2-2 9, Hawkins 4-8 4-4 13, T. Jones 1-4 0-0 3, Davis 2-5 0-2 6, Koenen 9-14 3-3 24, Dorsey 1-1 0-0 2, D. Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Wright 6-17 5-6 19. Totals 30-68 16-23 86.

SEATTLE (6-13) — Sunderhaus 8-15 1-2 17, Trent 10-19 0-0 22, Rasmussen 4-6 0-0 11, Obasi 4-12 0-0 9, Pickett Jr. 2-7 0-1 4, Tate 0-1 0-0 0, Green 5-7 0-0 10, Crook 1-1 0-0 2, Trimble 0-0 0-0 0, Diop 0-4 0-0 0, Flora 3-9 0-2 8. Totals 37-81 1-5 83.

Halftime — Seattle 42-35. Three-point goals — Texas St. 10-25 (Koenen 3-6, Davis 2-3, Wright 2-6, T. Jones 1-2, Hawkins 1-2, Staff 1-4, D. Jones 0-1, Stern 0-1), Seattle 8-23 (Rasmussen 3-5, Trent 2-5, Flora 2-6, Obasi 1-2, Tate 0-1, Sunderhaus 0-1, Pickett Jr. 0-3). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Texas St. 39 (Stern 11), Seattle 47 (Sunderhaus 12). Assists — Texas St. 11 (Hawkins 6), Seattle 25 (Obasi 11). Total fouls — Texas St. 13, Seattle 16. A — 2,580.

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