Evergreen takes only 29 shots in the first half against UPS

December 21, 2003

by James J. Portune

OLYMPIA, WA -- How the second game of the 2003-04 pre-season match-up between The Evergreen State College Men's Basketball team and the University of Puget Sound Loggers was played was no different that the December 9th game between the two teams. For a full forty minutes athletes from both teams sprinted up and down the floor, with UPS emerging the victors, 105-89.

Senior Adam Laneerlead Evergreen with 22-points and 6 rebounds.

What was different was how Evergreen (0-2 Cascade Conference, 3-8 Overall) played in the first half.

At Puget Sound December 9th, Evergreen took 45 shots, hit 7 three-points, scored 53 points and lead the Loggers (0-0 Northwest Conference, 5-1 Oversall) by nine at half time, 53-44.

Tonight, the Geoducks hoisted a measly 29 shots in the first half, missed all seven of their three-point attempts and trailed UPS by thirty-two points a half, 64-32.

The bright spot in the 16-point loss was that Evergreen regrouped at half-time and outplayed the Loggers in the second half.

Tougher defense in the paint limited UPS to just 30 field goal attempts in the second half, which they converted into 41 points.

Evergreen, who attempted 35 shots, found their long-range game and scored 21 of their 57 second-half point from beyond the arc.

High scorer for Evergreen was senior forward Adam Laneer (Tumwater, Wash./Tumwater H.S.). His 22-points and 6 rebounds was a vast improvement over the 0 points he scored at UPS earlier in the month.

Evergreen's other 20-point scorer was Josh Peterson (Winlock, Wash./Winlock H.S.). Peterson was the only Evergreen player to have any consistent luck from beyond the three-point line. His five three point baskets tied the Evergreen Men's Basketball season high, currently held by seniors Ben Riippi (Puyallup, Wash./Puyallup H.S.) and Tygann Billow (Bellevue, Wash./Sammamish H.S.) and junior transfers Julius Marshall (Renton, Wash./Issaquah H.S.) and Zach Haley (Tacoma, Wash./Wilson H.S.).

Peterson's 21-points is a new season high for him and the first time this season he has scored in double figures at Evergreen. Five other times he has scored 10 or more point (17 - vs Malaspina (Nov. 29), 17 - at Metropolitan State (Dec. 6), 17 - at Puget Sound (Dec. 9), 10 - at Seattle Univ. (Dec. 12), 19 - at Eastern Oregon (Dec. 17)) but they have all been on road games.

Walter Tucker (Jackson, Miss./Wingfield H.S.) demonstrated his versatility and comfort with an up-tempo style by scoring 16 points, his eighth double-digit game of the 2003-04 season.

Evergreen's final pre-season game will be this coming Monday (Dec. 29) against visiting Simon Fraser. Tip-off be at 7:30 p.m., following a women's game.

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