Evergreen could not case in on their opportunities against Simon Fraser
December 29, 2003
by James J. Portune
OLYMPIA, WA -- Statistically, The Evergreen State College Men's Basketball team (0-2 Cascade Conference, 3-10 Overall) did everything they needed to do beat the visiting Simon Fraser University Clan (6-2 Canada West Conference, 9-11 Overall). They shot 24 more field goals, made 3 more three-point baskets, shot equally as well at the free throw line, had more offensive rebounds and an equal number of assist, turnovers and steals. But in the end, Simon Fraser won 76-72, making 47% of their field goals. Evergreen successfully completed only 31% of their field goal shots.
Overall, it was a hard fought game. Evergreen got 11 more points from its bench than Simon Fraser. The Clan scored 12 points off the fast break, compared to Evergreen's 2 points. The largest lead of the game was 12-point by Simon Fraser eight minutes into the second half, but they were only able to maintain that for less than two minutes.
What Evergreen could not do tonight was pull even with the Clan. After Simon Fraser scored the first three points and the Geoducks answered with their own three-point basket, Evergreen took the lead away from the Clan only one time and that came with eight minutes left in the first half, 21-20.
At half-time, Simon Fraser lead 41-35 and never trailed in the second half
Senior guard Tygann Billow (Bellevue, Wash./Sammamish H.S.) lead all Evergreen players with 17 points, scoring 12 of his points from behind the three point arc.
Junior transfer Julius Marshall (Renton, Wash./Issaquah H.S.) had his nine double-digit game of the 2003-04 season, scoring 11 points.
Junior forward Walter Tucker (Jackson, Miss./Winfield H.S.) did double damage by scoring 13 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. It was Tucker second double-double games so far this season.
Tonight's contest official brings the 2003-04 pre-season to a close for the Evergreen Men's Basketball team. In the eleven games, the Geoducks won 3 and lost 8.
Friday, January 2, Cascade Conference action will begin once again. This weekend Evergreen will be at home, hosting the Oregon Tech Husslin' Owls (1-1 CCC, 10-5 Ovr) on Friday and then the Southern Oregon Raiders (1-1 CCC, 5-9 Ovr.)
Both games will be played in the College Recreation Center gymnasium and will start at 7:30 p.m.