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Evergreen Men's Basketball at Xaviar Tournament 2004

November 15, 2004

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- The Evergreen State College men's basketball team moved to 2-1 on the year as the Geoducks beat Loyola University but lost to host Xavier in New Orleans this weekend.

Evergreen got a brief respite in their first road game after being taken to overtime by Saint Martin's College in their home opener. The Geoducks jumped out to a commanding 30-19 lead in the first half forcing ten Loyola turnovers. The lead could have been much greater, but Evergreen was an unsightly three of seventeen from behind the three-point line in the half.

Still, Loyola never seriously threatened in the game as Julius Marshall and Walter Tucker combined for 22 points to lead the Geoducks offensively. Josh Martin kicked in ten rebounds to lead the Clams.

On Saturday, Evergreen continued to play aggressive defense but couldn't find its offensive touch as Xavier held the Geoducks below the 50 point threshold. Xavier Gold Rush shot 81 percent at the free throw line to account for the final 58-48 margin.

Giovanne Woods and Josh Peterson were the only Geoducks to hit double figures with 10 and 13 points respectively. Peterson also led the Geoducks in rebounding for the second night in a row with eight. Meanwhile, three Xavier starters were in double figures, as senior forward Jason Leonard scored a game-high 16 points, and seniors Tim Green and Jonathan Harper had 12 apiece.

The Rush, who went into halftime with 25-18 lead, came out strong after the break, but was unable to pull away from the Geoducks, who tied the game (33-33) with 11:40 left in the game.

With about five minutes left, Xavier began to heat up again and extended its lead by 12, 51-39, which Evergreen quickly shortened with back-to-back threes for a score of 53-47 at the 2:30 mark. However, the Gold Rush held on for the 10-point victory.

Evergreen will return home this week to host Lewis-Clark State College Friday and Cal Baptist Saturday. Both games tip off at 7:30 p.m.