Geoducks Get First Ever Victory in Lewiston, Idaho

November 30, 2002

by Devin Jones

LEWISTON, ID -- (KOZE Clearwater Tournament) - Every year, for the six years that The Evergreen State College men's basketball program has existed, the Geoducks travel to Lewiston, Idaho to face the Lewis-Clark State Warriors; and every year the Geoducks were handed a loss.except this year.

Saturday evening, the losing streak came to an end. For the first time in Evergreen history, the Geoducks (2-5) left Lewiston with a 82-73 victory over the Warriors (4-3).

Lewis-Clark State may have felt at half time that they should have been sitting in the locker rooms with a comfortable lead, especially after shooting an outstanding 65% (15-23) from the field in the first half.

However, that was not the case, and the Geoducks had the Warriors on their heels and trailed by only two points.

The second half proved to be all Evergreen as they outscored the Lewis-Clark by eleven points (44-33), and forced an amazing 32 Warrior turnovers for the game.

After the game Warriors head coach George Pfeifer stated, "Evergreen played tough defense tonight.they forced us to 32 turnovers. You have to hand it to them, they deserved to win.Coach Barbee is a tremendous coach and he showed that tonight."

Mike Parker (Washington DC / Clover Park HS) led the Geoduck attack with game highs of 24 points (10-17) and 12 rebounds, 6 offensive. Parker also picked up 5 steals on the night. Adam Laneer (Tumwater, Wash. / Tumwater HS) and Marvin Isaac (Inglewood, Cal. / Inglewood HS) each contributed on the offensive end for the Geoducks. Laneer added 18 points on 7-14 shooting and Isaac added 12 points (5-13).

Geoduck point guard Karriem Fielding (Sacramento, Cal. / Burbank HS) chipped in 9 points and also had 5 steals for the game. Fielding was also named to the KOZE Clearwater All-Tournament Team for his performance over the weekend. For the tournament, Fielding averaged 14.5 points, 4 steals, and 3.5 assists per game.

The Warriors had four players in double figures led by Jason Brazier with 18 points (6-10) and Sta'fon Lawson with 17 points (6-8) and 11 rebounds.

Brian Meneely added 15 points (6-12) and Lester Bruno contributed 10 (3-4) for the game, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Geoducks relentless defense.

"Every year we come down here and get beat, but every year we come back," said Evergreen Head Coach John Barbee, "this is a tough place to play and its nice to finally get a win here.tonight every player contributed, we played together.we played for forty minutes."

The Geoducks and Warriors will have a re-match on December 7, this time at Evergreen's College Recreation Center, and you can bet it will be a battle. Before their re-match, Evergreen will travel to British Columbia on December 3 to face Simon Fraser University at 7:00p.m.