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Washington State looks to build momentum vs. Seattle

Just a couple of days into the 2021-22 college basketball season and Seattle University and Washington State already have a common opponent entering Friday night’s game in Pullman, Wash.

The host Cougars opened their season Tuesday afternoon with an 85-67 victory against Alcorn State.

On Wednesday night in Seattle, the Redhawks defeated the same Alcorn State squad 69-66 as Cameron Tyson made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining.

That should make film study fairly easy.

“We just wanted to bring some fans some enjoyment for the first game back,” Seattle interim coach Chris Victor joked about the dramatic victory. “They hadn’t been at the stands in a while.”

The Redhawks were without coach Jim Hayford, who is on administrative leave as the school reportedly investigates his alleged use of racial slurs.

Darrion Trammell, the preseason Western Athletic Conference player of the year, drove into the basket and drew multiple defenders on the deciding play. He kicked the ball out to Tyson in the corner, and the transfer from Houston made his fifth 3-pointer of the game. Trammell and Tyson both scored 17 points.

“I’m pretty confident every time I shoot the ball,” Tyson told The Seattle Times. “That’s all that was on my mind the whole game – win the game. I came home to put on for the city and to get Seattle U. jumping.”

Said Victor: “We wanted the ball in Darrion’s hands, with him and Cam playing a two-man game. Darrion drove it, made an unbelievable read, and the pass to Cam was on the money. And Cam did what he does. First game back with Seattle U., first game back home and he hits the game-winner.

The Cougars needed no such late-game heroics, but took awhile to put away the Braves after building a 23-point lead early in the second half.

Tyrell Roberts, an NCAA Division II All-American two seasons ago at UC San Diego, made four 3-pointers to highlight his 16-point performance. Roberts opted out of last season due to the pandemic.

Cougars coach Kyle Smith said it will take four or five games for his players to “settle in.”

“It was good for our first game,” Roberts said. “It’ll still take a minute. A lot of the time in the preseason we had some guys that were hurt. We’re going to jell more as we play more.”

–Field Level Media

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