Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Clarence Trent tallied 18 points and nine rebounds as the Seattle University Redhawks downed the Montana State Bobcats, 87-72, in the season opener for both squads at KeyArena.
Deshaun Sunderhaus added 14 points and eight boards for the Redhawks (1-0), who will spend this season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference after acting as a Division I Independent for the last two seasons. Chad Rasmussen (12 points) and Prince Obasi (10 points) both put together solid nights coming off the bench.
For Montana State (0-1), Paul Egwuonwu recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Antonio Biglow (15 points), Flavien Davis (12 points), and Calen Coleman (10 points) also scored in double figures.
Seattle held Montana State to just 25.8 percent field goal shooting in the opening half. The Redhawks shot 40 percent from the floor in the frame, and they went into halftime with a 15-point lead.
The Redhawks led by as many as 25 in the second half, and the Bobcats never got to within single digits.
In addition to a poor field goal percentage (.364), Montana State was plagued by 28 turnovers. Seattle didn't take care of the ball very well either, turning it over 25 times.