Evergreen Men's Basketball at Portland State 2004

Portland State 70, Evergreen State 53

Evergreen stuck close to the Vikings for the first half, but Portland State took care of business in the second for a 70-53 win Wednesday night at the Stott Center. The heavily-favored Vikings pulled away from the Geoducks converting on several fast break opportunities to cruise to victory.

A couple of early three-pointers by Jake Schroeder helped stake the Vikings to a 9-0 lead, but Evergreen State dropped back into a zone and slowed down the Viking offense.

Meanwhile the Geoducks hit 52% from the field in the first half, including four three-pointers, to stay with 33-28 at intermission. For the night Evergreen shot 43% from three-point range-a season high-converting nine of 21 attempts.

But after the break, PSU simultaneously picked up the pace and shut down Evergreen State's shooters. The Vikings held the Geoducks to just 7-24 from the field while opening up their own offense.

Will Funn led PSU to 18 fast break points while dishing out nine assists in the game. His main target was Seamus Boxley, who had 20 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. Boxley made 8-12 field goals.

The Vikings out rebounded Evergreen State 33-24 and scored 25 points off 20 forced turnovers to account for the final scoring margin.

The Vikings also shut down the Geoducks' leading scorer, Walter Tucker, holding the senior forward to just one of five shooting. Julius Marshall was also slowed by PSU as he converted two field goals in seven attempts.

Big man Barson Collins filled the scoring gap leading Evergreen with 12 points, well above his season average of 5.2 points per game. Josh Peterson and John Hammond added eight each.

The loss drops Evergreen to 4-6 on the year as they head into their last non-conference game of the season tonight at Pacific Lutheran University. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.