Seay scores 22 in Fresno State win
FRESNO, Calif. (AP)—Sylvester Seay scored 22 points and Paul George added 17 points and 10 rebounds as Fresno State pulled away in the second half to defeat Seattle University 79-58 on Tuesday night.
Mychal Ladd had 15 points and Dwight O’Neil added 12 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Chris Gweth scored 16 points and Leigh Swanson added 13 for Seattle (3-1), which lost the first game it played against a Division I opponent. The Redhawks are making the transition to Division I after playing at the Division II level since 1980.
Fresno State (2-2) opened the second half with a 15-5 scoring run to widen its seven-point halftime lead.
After Seattle cut the deficit to 52-42 on a free throw by Shaun Burl with 10:21 left, the Bulldogs scored nine straight points to put the game away. George passed to Seay underneath for a layup, and O’Neil drove the lane and drew a foul on Mike Boxley for a three-point play.
The Bulldogs shot 51.9 percent from the floor compared to 38.5 percent for Seattle and outrebounded the Redhawks 37-25.
Fresno State finished 9 of 20 from three-point range and committed five turnovers in the second half after committing 12 in the first.
Seay banked in a three-pointer from the top of the key just before the buzzer to give Fresno State a 34-27 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs closed the half with an 11-4 run after the Redhawks tied the game at 23-23 with 3:18 left.
Gweth scored seven of his 10 first-half points during a 96-second span, as Seattle erased an early seven-point deficit. The junior guard also had a game-high five steals.
Seattle had 10 of its 11 steals in the first half.