Gittens’ late FTs lift Seattle past Utah Valley 55-54
SEATTLE (AP) — Richaud Gittens made a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left to give Seattle a 55-54 victory over Utah Valley on Saturday night.
Brandon Randolph scored eight straight points for the Wolverines to give them a 54-51 lead with 1:14 to play. Jordan Hill’s jumper pulled Seattle to 54-53 with a minute left.
Randolph missed a 3-point shot and Morgan Means missed a 3 for the Redhawks, but Gittens was fouled pulling in the offensive board and then made ensuing free throws. Following a Utah Valley timeout, Kenneth Ogbe missed a 3-pointer to end it.
Aaron Menzies had 15 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks to lead Seattle (16-8, 5-2 Western Athletic Conference). Means added 14 points, Hill had 10 and Gittens finished with nine.
Randolph had 15 points for Utah Valley (16-7, 5-2). Jake Toolson added 14 points and Conner Toolson chipped in 10 with a career-high five steals.